So, thinking woman of faith have you gone out and been tested for the HIV/AIDS virus yet?
Say what? Why not?
You’re in a monogamous heterosexual relationship? What does that have to do with anything? Seventy-four percent of the black women who are infected were infected as a result of heterosexual contact, and women who believe themselves to be in monogamous relationships are the ones getting infected at the greatest rates these days.
You’re lesbian? So what? The virus spreads through contact with either one of these four bodily fluids: Semen. Blood. Vagina secretions. (
Saliva, if there are lesions in your mouth.) I’m not a lesbian, but I imagine that at some point in your lovemaking at least two of these fluids start flowing. That’s certainly true, gulp, when us heterosexuals have sex — even bad sex. Girl, go get tested.
You’re virgin? Um, um, like what kind of virgin are you? Define virgin? Virgin, like, you’ve never even exchanged saliva with another person kinda virgin? That’s what I thought. Girl, go get tested.
What you say? You’re not a virgin, but it’s been years since you had some. Experts say the virus can lay dormant and undetected in the body from anywhere between 10-15 years without your knowing, unless you’re tested. Say what? It’s been more than 15 years since you had some? (That calls for a blog post in itself.) In the meantime, I guess that makes you a virgin, sort of. So read what was written for those of you who are virgins.
You don’t want to know? With the 99 things already on your plate, and many others crashing at your feet, why bother putting something else on your plate that you can’t do a daggum thing about anyway? Because you owe it to somebody who loves you and depends upon you (and who may come in contact with your saliva or blood one day). Because you owe it to yourself. Because you’re probably having sex with someone, and their health shouldn’t be put at risk just because you don’t want to know. Girl, go get tested.
So you don’t have insurance and think you can’t afford the test nor the treatment programs? The testing is free, and if you’re positive treatment programs are available at low or no cost to you. Girl, go tested.
If you’re having sex, have had sex in the past, and are looking forward to having sex (again), go get tested for the HIV/AIDS virus. While you’re at is ask to be tested for the HPV virus (another one of those sexually transmitted viruses which can lead to cervical cancer).
What will it take for black women to get healthy and stay healthy? Why are we the ones most likely to die from nearly every disease that’s out there, even the preventable ones? What will it take to get through to us? Why must we get infected, if we don’t have to? Why must we die, if we don’t have to?
Now thinking woman of faith, what’s your excuse?
God told me to tell you:Get off your knees, close your bible, cease with speaking in tongues, and go get tested.