4 Things You'd Say to Your Younger (Positive or Not) Self
April 8, 2016
I was 19 years old when I was diagnosed and so I have been living (and thriving) with HIV for two years. I'm a Greater Than AIDS Ambassador, a NMAC Youth Scholar, and now a blogger for AIDS.gov. Since I'm young and this Sunday is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I decided to reach out to a few people older than me, who have lived longer with HIV, to learn from them. What insight do they have for a younger me -- or a younger them? What do they know now that they didn't know when they were diagnosed?
If you're living with HIV, it is important to take care of yourself. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, take as much time as you need for self care. I need you to get in and stay in treatment because no matter what you may think or what anyone else says, you are more than a statistic and you are valuable.
If you're a person who is HIV negative, then it's crucial that you stay that way. Take the precautions and love yourself enough to know that you deserve to protect your body and be mindful of the risk. I honestly thought that I was invincible at one point, and that HIV could never happen to me. I now realize, HIV can happen to anyone, no matter who you are, where you're from, how old you are, or your sexual preference.
What would you say? What have you said?
On National Youth HIV/AIDS Day (#NYHAAD) and every day, we have the tools and the information to stop HIV. If you are a young person or work with youth, here are just a few resources to get you started:
Deondre Moore is a Greater Than AIDS Ambassador, NMAC 2016 Youth Scholar and AIDS.gov Black Voices Blogger.
This article was provided by HIV.gov.
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