Now a day, there is so much information available that assist people to develop and strategize their linkage to HIV care. HIVANSWERS.COM/APP is an app that answers questions, create a wellness plan, contact doctors and keep track of appointments. One of the resources that covered the tops of each table at the summit was the Center for Infectious Diseases: The Spectrum of Engagement in HIV Care and its Relevance to Test-and-Treat Strategies for Prevention of HIV Infection booklet. Did you know there is a daily pill you can take to stay negative call PrEP? Do the research- we have tools to fight this terrible disease and there are endless amounts of data and statistics available.
The summit was not like being at a science-bio-lab convention but it provided valuable information about one’s health and wellness. “I just need someone to be there for 'me' and that’s what you get from this session…it’s about that healing place that we all need,” said my bother that served as one of this year’s summit faculty.
- Focus on the individual’s deeds. Are they genuine? Do they keep their word? Are they leaders? Do they make good grades or produce quality work? Are they helping others? The more people working to make the world a better place- the better!
- Don’t get caught up with being concerned with whom someone choses to sleep with- even if they were straight- it's none of your business.
- Got a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS? It’s not the end. Do some research and you’ll soon come to understand that the HIV/AIDS diagnosis is NOT a death sentence. People are living longer and healthy lives if they take their medicine consistently. Just one pill a day keeps the virus at bay and even undetected. Whether you're HIV positive or negative, get an HIV test with your regularly scheduled check up or exam because it's important to know your health status.
- Whether they are gay, lesbian, straight or purple, love your family members and friends. Check in and hold one another accountable to a happy and fulfilling life that everyone deserves.
- Focus on the good in life. I was so happy to congratulate my bother on moving into his new, stylish apartment with his beautiful partner, Todd Hill. They must work really hard to earn that rent! What an accomplishment! I’m so lucky that my brother is surrounded by a network of friends in DC who have his best interest in mind.
Celebrate the good always because LIFE MATTERS!
National Black Justice Coalition - www.nbjc.org
Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative - www.ybgli.org
National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition - www.nbgmac.org
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