Black AIDS Institute HIV/AIDS Card Could Help Stop Spread of Disease in Community, Columnist Says
July 7, 2008
The Black AIDS Institute "may have come up with a strategy that could make a difference" and "help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS" in the black community, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell writes. As part of BAI's "Test 1 Million" initiative, the institute has developed a card that certifies that an individual has been tested for HIV in the last six months.
Mitchell writes, "Instead of women feeling pressured to consent to unprotected sex on the strength of 'Baby, I've been tested and I'm clean,' they can ask for tangible proof." She adds, "Black women, particularly, have to find creative ways to protect themselves against the disease, and an HIV/AIDS testing card is a step in that direction.
"If nothing else, the existence of this system may help those of us who think we aren't at risk for the disease have the conversation," Mitchell writes, concluding, "Just as the unseemly violence playing out in too many black communities can touch the lives of the law-abiding, HIV/AIDS is a threat to us all" (Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times, 7/1).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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