O, so you good?

Have you or someone you know ever had an experience with:

Chlamydia?

Syphilis?

Trichomoniasis?

Any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

I would be dumbfounded if your response is no to any of these! Congratulations! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

If you explored any of the links above, you can begin to see how common each of these infections are throughout our country.

Hell, throughout the world. But we are talking about “home” right now because I need you to understand what is going on right here in our: homes, churches, schools, etc..

You know, these are just a few of the STDs which have cures. Thank goodness!

You take a treatment for however long the doctor prescribes and then you can stuff that memory in the back of your head. You ain’t gotta tell nobody shit after this.

What about Herpes? The genital one? You know, the one that makes your private areas break out and hurt sometimes.

Welllll. This one ain’t going no where. But it can be managed with treatment. You’re not gonna die if you catch it. Cool.

But that’s not cool! Exposure to other STDs can make you more vulnerable to catching other stuff. Liiiikke, HIV! ๐Ÿค”

So as we have learned, there are more sexually transmitted infections/diseases than we are willing to address.

Tip: Know that just because you caught a STD you could rid yourself of and didn’t say nothing to nobody (your prerogative), doesn’t mean you are “better” than a person living with HIV. Just lucky (and private). That’s all.

The nerve.

THIS is why we have to talk about this stuff. For rates of infections of ANY STD to still exist, we must be doing something wrong. Let’s figure it out.

What not to do: Do NOT try and push things under the rug like they don’t exist. It can literally kill you.

Underrepresented groups are always fighting for a voice. I know, because I’m part of few of them.

Well, I want to be part of the voice for HIV, too. The fight has been going on for decades at this point. But come on guys, this is getting a little out of hand.

Please help us end HIV-related stigma. Educate yourself. Educate others.

Read: Please stop being so damn ignorant.

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