National Condom Day- Featuring me-NWtoSE, Life Size Condom #FreeCondomsDC

Many of followers over the past five years may have seen me at events such as the AIDS walk, MPD’s “Beat the Streets,” Metro Teen Aids events, DC Department of Health events in my life size condom costume.  If you haven’t you have a chance today and tomorrow starting at the Kennedy Recreation Center located at 1401 7th Street, NW starting at 4:00 PM.  Organized by ANC2C Commissioner Rachelle Nigro and I will be handing out condoms for a few hours.  We will start in front of the rec center and proceed up 7th street.  We will back out in the morning around 8:00 am and tomorrow evening.  Please make sure and stop through or honk!

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ’12 #NBHAAD Reaching Black Men through Unions

Every year I post information about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please read my past posts on HIV/AIDS, condoms and where you can go to get tested.

I am always interested in how to reach the most men with public health messages.    So I found the below YouTube video interesting (a little bit dry) but interesting discussing how to reach men through Labor Unions.  While working on my masters degree in Public Health I focused some research on a Quit Smoking campaign for WMATA rail employees.  I never actually submitted a proposal to Metro but, the health risks among Metro employee’s are very high when you consider what employee’s are exposed to, and daily risks.  Union’s could effect massive health behavior change among men in many sectors from police to fire to transportation etc.

What do you think?

Are you having Sex DC? STD Awareness Month- GENITAL HERPES

In an effort to create awareness about GENITAL HERPES please make sure you know the facts.  It is important to ask your physician about all STD’s including herpes which is NOT typically a routine test that in a regular STD screening panel.

Quick Facts on Genital Herpes:

Herpes cannot not be cured.

Herpes can be spread even when you are not having an outbreak.

Herpes can be spread through skin to skin contact and condoms only protect the area they cover.

You can take medication to reduce your chance of spreading herpes.

You can contract genital herpes in your mouth.

More facts on Genital Herpes:

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes virus type II.  Herpes virus type I can result in “cold sores” or “fever blisters” on the mouth, but can also cause lesions in the genital area.  Genital herpes can be spread from mother to child at the time of delivery.

Symptoms

  • Small grouped blisters (clusters) on the genitalia that are often painful. This is referred to as an “outbreak.”
  • Fever and flu-like symptoms (only with the first outbreak).
  • Many people have no symptoms; however they can still spread the virus to their sexual partners (asymptomatic shedding).
*The symptoms usually appear two days to three weeks after infection.
*The lesions will go away within 1-3 weeks regardless of treatment.
*Herpes is a virus that cannot be cured or eliminated from the body.

Testing

  • A blood test can determine if you have herpes type II.

Treatment for Herpes

  • The most commonly used medication is Acyclovir (Zovirax).
  • Famciclovir (Famvir) or Valacyclovir (Valtrex) are other medications that can be used.
  • Treatment is given during an outbreak to shorten the duration of the outbreak.  However, it is not curative and future outbreaks are common.
Prevention Tips
  • Avoid unprotected sex. Always use a condom. However, condoms do not totally prevent the transmission of herpes.
  • Have only one sex partner.

If you have questions or think you may have herpes, stop having sex and come to the SE STD Clinic for a free and confidential assessment.

Source:  DC Department of Health 

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Having SEX? get yourself tested-April is STD Awareness Month

Dear NWtoSE readers I realize that April is nearly over however, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STD’s and STI’s) affect people 365 days a year.  Please check out the link on the right side of the page to find the closest HIV/AIDS- STD testing location to you!

Would you like to know more about STD’s?  Click on the image below for more info about STD’s in general.  Want to hear more about STD’s from NWtoSE?

Stay tuned for my next post on HERPES.

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World AIDS Day, how about EVERYDAY!?

Yesterday, December 1 was World AIDS Day. In the HIV/AIDS Public Health Community December 1st is THE DAY to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS and to promote testing.

3.2 % of DC’s population over the age of 12 are infected with HIV.  Among persons living with HIV/AIDS, 72.0% are men, 75.6% black and 71.3% are currently over the age of 40. Overall, men who have sex with men is the leading mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS accounting for 37.3% of living cases, followed by heterosexual contact and injection drug use with 27.0% and 17.4%, respectively. Distribution of HIV/AIDS cases by mode of transmission also differs by race. (Source: DC HIV/AIDS Administration)

Basically this post is short and simple, I think that World AIDS Day should be every day.  People should talk about HIV/AIDS, std’s and sexual health every day and get tested regularly!

Want to know how to not contract HIV/AIDS or STD’s?  Don’t have sex.

For everyone that is having sex here are some options:

To find testing locations in DC click here

Need Free condoms in DC Click on the Rubber Revolution? (Yes, folks they finally order Magnums!)

Free Condoms- DC's Rubber Revolution Campaign

 

Jaime Foxx & Luda team up 4 the “iknow” campaign- Do You Know your Status?

Check out Jaime Foxx, and Luda teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control to break the silence among black youth and discussing HIV/AIDS.

When was the last time you encouraged someone to get tested?

Need condoms?  Check out the link on my sidebar- “FREE CONDOMS”

follow the “iknow” campaign on twitter http://twitter.com/iknow_talkhiv

Tell your sister, sistah, friend, gf about today. . . National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) – March 10

It is too often in DC that we think HIV/AIDS  is not “our” problem.   LADIES it is OK to WAIT for the “right” guy, to say “No,” be safe, get tested. . . and hey watch your sisters backs.  Ask a woman you care about “when was the last time you were checked? are you being safe?”  Let them know you CARE about their health.

BE NOSY and get in your friends business . . you will never know how your positive concern may make a difference!

  • African American women are most affected.

  • HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African American women aged 25 to 34.

from http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/