What Is Your Status?

So you're asking yourself, why do I need to read a post about knowing my status. I'm not talking about your marriage or financial status, but about your HIV status. Let me give you two BIG reasons.  1. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1.1 Million people are living with HIV and 1 out of 7 don't even know they have it.  2. According to the CDC, In Birmingham, Alabama, the city I reside in, we rank number 17th of the highest metropolitan state with HIV. Atlanta, GA, our close neighbor ranks number 8.  Now, can we talk about your status? Do you know what your status is and have you ever taken the time to get tested? The CDC writes that most people don't get tested because of the "stigma" of going to the clinic and having people know they had to be tested. Let's banish this stigma and bring our city and nation out of this epidemic.  For those who are too busy or too shy to go to the clinic, let me tell you about OraQuick and it's at home testing kit. I recently took mine with my bonnet on, while surfing the internet with my black velvet robe on. 

So you're asking yourself, why do I need to read a post about knowing my status. I'm not talking about your marriage or financial status, but about your HIV status. Let me give you two BIG reasons. 

1. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1.1 Million people are living with HIV and 1 out of 7 don't even know they have it. 

2. According to the CDC, In Birmingham, Alabama, the city I reside in, we rank number 17th of the highest metropolitan state with HIV. Atlanta, GA, our close neighbor ranks number 8. 

Now, can we talk about your status? Do you know what your status is and have you ever taken the time to get tested? The CDC writes that most people don't get tested because of the "stigma" of going to the clinic and having people know they had to be tested. Let's banish this stigma and bring our city and nation out of this epidemic. 

For those who are too busy or too shy to go to the clinic, let me tell you about OraQuick and it's at home testing kit. I recently took mine with my bonnet on, while surfing the internet with my black velvet robe on. 

It was so simple. I opened my kit, swabbed the top and bottom of my mouth, avoiding my teeth and gums, and put the test strip into the testing liquid...20 minutes later, my results were in. The test comes with lots of instructions and gives you advice of what to do if you're test comes out positive. 

It was so simple. I opened my kit, swabbed the top and bottom of my mouth, avoiding my teeth and gums, and put the test strip into the testing liquid...20 minutes later, my results were in. The test comes with lots of instructions and gives you advice of what to do if you're test comes out positive. 

Now this test may be too expensive but if you visit your local clinic, they will test you for FREE and give you your results the same day. Let's not let Stigma keep us from knowing our status. Take the time today and visit your local clinic or do like me and take your test in the privacy of your own home.  If you're in Birmingham, Visit Birmingham Aids Outreach at 205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Author: Emma Ford Website: houseofodara.com Instagram: Oluwafunmfly

Now this test may be too expensive but if you visit your local clinic, they will test you for FREE and give you your results the same day. Let's not let Stigma keep us from knowing our status. Take the time today and visit your local clinic or do like me and take your test in the privacy of your own home. 

If you're in Birmingham, Visit Birmingham Aids Outreach at 205 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233.

Author: Emma Ford

Website: houseofodara.com

Instagram: Oluwafunmfly

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