Every year, national Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (nwghaad) is recognized on March 10th to recognize how HIV/AIDS has affected Women and girls nationwide (AIDS.org). But this day can also be used to encourage women and girls to make smart decisions when it comes to having sex (womenshealth.gov). I mean yeah sure there’s abstinence, but just in case you get too into the mood, it doesn’t hurt have things in place to protect yourself.
Also say, like myself, you were raped. You didn’t HAVE a choice. You were tricked. Coerced. This day helps to recognize the importance of getting checked. Whether you were raped or you chose to have sex. I fortunately did not get HIV/AIDS, but it’s also why I want you and/ your loved one to get checked. I know you might be scared, but it’s okay…I was scared too. But if you don’t get yourself checked, that won’t make the possibly of getting or not getting HIV/AIDS go away. No. You need to get checked. Your loved one needs to get checked.
That’s why this year’s theme is titled, “The Best Defense is a Good Offense.” So we can make the best decisions we can to protect ourselves and our partners when having sex. And for those those women and girls already living with HIV or AIDS, we say them, you are not alone. You are NOT forgotten. You ARE worthwhile.
We live in a time when we have treatments available to help those living either AIDS or HIV. However the stigma is still there and it’s that which prevents people to seek testing and/or treatment. This HAS to stop. People who live with AIDS or HIV don’t have to live with a death sentence around their neck. They can live full lives.
Although, nwghaad is only for one day, I will still spread the message out over the course of the month of March. It’s essential that we look after ourselves.
NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY (n.d.) from https://www.aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/women-and-girls/
NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY (n.d) from https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad