MINORITIES AND HIV

MINORITIES AND HIV
Item# MINORITIES

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HIV IS A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATHS AMONG BLACKS 24 -44.

BLACKS MAKE UP 13% OF THE US POPULATION BUT 50% OF NEW HIV CASES

YOUNG PEOPLE 13 - 24 ACCOUNT FOR 13% OF NEW HIV DIAGNOSES

BLACK MEN ARE DIAGNOSED WITH HIV 8 TIMES MORE OFTEN THAN WHITE MEN

BLACK WOMEN ARE DIAGNOSED WITH HIV 20 TIMES MORE OFTEN THAN WHITE WOMEN

WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN HELP CHANGE THESE NUMBERS. TAKE ACTION NOW.

STAND UP AND GET INFORMED. LEARN ABOUT THE VIRUS, HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IT AND HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO STOP IT FROM SPREADING.

THE "ISTANDWITHMAGIC" KIT IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET STARTED. (WWW.ISTANDWITHMAGIC.COM) TO LEARN MORE AND GET STARTED. THAT WEBSITE AND OTHER WEBSITES THAT ARE ALSO EXCELLENT RESOURCES AND CAN BE FOUND ON OUR HIV RESOURCES AND LINKS PAGE: BLACKAIDS.ORG, BLACKWOMENSHEALTH.ORG, REALTALKTOPICS.COM, CDCNPIN.ORG, REALHEALTHMAG.COM, THEBODY.COM, BALMINGILEAD.ORG.

OTHER WEBSITES THAT ARE DIRECTLY SERVING WOMEN BESIDES THOSE NAMED ABOVE: WOMENAIDSCARE.ORG, THE WELL PROJECT, WOMEN CHILDREN AND HIV, AND WORLD.

GET INVOLVED. DONATE TIME AND/OR FUNDS TO YOUR LOCAL AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATION, FOOD BANK OR SHELTER. GO VISIT ONE OF YOUR POSITIVE FRIENDS FOR THE DAY. SEE IF THEY NEED ANY HELP WITH SHOPPING, COOKING OR CLEANING AS IS THE CASE IN A LOT OF ADVANCED AIDS PATIENTS. THEY WILL ENJOY THE COMPANY ALSO. SOME ARE HOMEBOUND.

GET TESTED. KNOW YOUR STATUS. CHECK IT REGULARLY. GO TO HIVTEST.ORG OR CALL 1-800-CDC-INFO FOR FREE, ANONYMOUS TESTING IN YOUR AREA.

GET TREATMENT. IF YOU ARE HIV POSITIVE, WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO GET THE TREATMENT THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU AND DON'T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR MEDS... EVERY SINGLE TIME... ON TIME... IT'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH.

GET SUPPORT. MOST MED AND LARGE CITIES HAVE HIV SUPPORTS FOR ALL DIFFERENT PARTS OF OUR HIV POPULATIONS: MEN'S GROUPS, WOMEN'S GROUPS, MINORITY GROUPS, ETC. FIND ONE THAT WORKS FOR YOU. YOU CAN ALSO SEEK SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY IF POSSIBLE. ALSO CLERGY IF YOU'RE RELIGIOUS CAN BE A COMFORTING CONSULTATION.

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR DOCTOR. IF YOU ARE HIV POSITIVE, YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOCTOR IS VERY IMPORTANT. YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD BE A TEAM. TOGETHER YOU WILL MAKE IMPORTANT CHOICES ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT. AS A PATIENT, IT IS YOUR RIGHT AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ACTION IN THE DECISIONS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR LIFE. AFTER ALL, YOU ARE THE ONE LIVING WITH HIV. KEEPING A HEALTHCARE JOURNAL IS ALSO A VALUABLE TOOL THAT WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR MANAGE YOUR HIV.

ASK QUESTIONS. TO PREPARE FOR YOUR VISITS TO THE DOCTOR, MAKE A LIST OF QUESTIONS/CONCERNS TO BRING IN WITH YOU. TAKE NOTES DURING YOUR VISIT AND/OR BRING A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER OR YOUR AIDS CASE MANAGER TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL.

AND REMEMBER, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A WRONG QUESTION. FEEL FREE TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR ANYTHING. THEY ARE USED TO HEARING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FROM THEIR PATIENTS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS REGARDING ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE, FINANCIAL WORRIES AND RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS. ALL OF THESE CAN AFFECT THE STATE OF YOUR HEALTH. IT'S BETTER TO ASK. THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER YOU CAN MANAGE YOUR HIV.

KEEP YOUR FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS. STAYING HEALTHY REQUIRES STAYING OUR YOUR MEDS AND CONTINUING TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR FOR CHECK-UPS AND TEST RESULTS. IT IS THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR TO FIND THE TREATMENT THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.