Truth: HIV infection cuts across all communities, and many new infections in the United States are in young people.
I use social media daily for advocacy. I commonly encounter misinformation regarding HIV/AIDS and respond to comments that are stigmatizing to people living with or affected by HIV. Recently, an African-American man said online that PrEP shouldn't be promoted to heterosexual blacks or youth. I responded, "If you were aware of the heterosexual stats, you would think otherwise." I shared an infographic that reported: "About 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24. Most of them don't know they already have HIV and can unknowingly pass the virus to others." I then said there are many faces of HIV. It's not just a gay, middle-aged, white face -- and I sealed it with a #BLACKLIVESMATTER hashtag.
Founder, iknowAwareness LLC
Strategic Communication Representative-Georgia Chapter, Positive Women's Network-USA
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