World AIDS Day. Have you been tested?
Today is #WORLDAIDSDAY. What does it mean to You? Do you know your status?
Let's break the stigma surrounding HIV & AIDs community. Let's educate ourselves and be supportive of those infected, affected and living with this disease.
Over the year's I've met so many amazing people who are HIV positive. Before becoming an advocate for the HIV/AIDS community I didn't know much about people living with the disease and I was educated on what it meant to be HIV positive. For years I've always thought HIV was AIDS.
"EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE MAY TALK ABOUT HIV AND AIDS LIKE THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME, THEY ARE NOT. HIV IS THE VIRUS THAT CAN CAUSE AIDS. JUST BECAUSE A PERSON HAS ACQUIRED HIV DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL PROGRESS INTO AN AIDS STATUS. AIDS IS A SYNDROME OF HIV AND IS ACQUIRED IF A PERSON CURRENTLY LIVING WITH HIV WHITE BLOOD CELLS FALL BELOW 200 OR THEY ACQUIRE AN OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTION, LIKE PNEUMONIA OR CERTAIN FORMS OF CANCER. HIV IS NOT AIDS"
This year I've teamed up with an amazing women to host ITAVFoundation first World AIDS Day concert event.
Rock Da Mic: Youth Celebration & Mixer is a annual free concert & networking event held in Philadelphia in honor of World AIDS Day. Breaking Stigmas, Raising awareness and bringing our community together. To learn more visit www.itavf.org.
WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY?
"World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day." www.worldaidsday.org