Got to Take a Break!

Sometimes, I just have to take a break as an HIV Educator & Tester, and reassess Life! 

I feel like we are losing people at an all-time high, but as an HIV Educator & Tester I find that there are a lot of people who are just willingly signing up for HIV. That’s right… I said it!  Signing up for HIV. 

They are literally saying, “Baby tonight, I just want you to pass me HIV, oh no, better yet…let me taste AIDS with my lips”.  No one wants to use a condom and no one wants to talk about past relationships, or go and get tested for HIV.

I'm Waiting...

So, I am sitting here waiting for a person to walk through the doors to get tested. I have everything laid out and ready to go. You know how we do when we are getting ready to go out to a dance or a party…our clothes all laid out on the bed and our smelling good stuff right there. So, I have the test kit, gauge, cotton balls, alcohol pads, and a gift card there also. The sad part is that I have been sitting here for exactly 59 minutes and no one walked through the doors. No, let me correct that! No one walked through my door that leads to HIV Testing. Is it me?

Sleeping with the Enemy

So as I was testing the other day, I was able to educate an individual about the choices they have been making. Hmmm, let's see, sexual encounters with over 30 individuals in the last 30 days without…did I mention without a condom? How do you awaken urgency inside of a person who appears complacent? How do you stress the importance about loving yourself more than loving the bedroom scene for a mere five seconds of loving someone else?

Is It Me?

It's amazing to me how time waits for no one, and neither does HIV. After a good friend tested positive, I thought to myself … How? Why? I questioned myself as to what did I do wrong? I talked about the statistics daily, and I always reminded them that they couldn't take a chance on anybody… no matter how good they thought they looked. I posted heavily on FB, Instagram, and blogged religiously, and it still happened!

If I Don’t…You Won’t

I realize that if I don't mention the word HIV...9 out of 10 times you won't either!

I still don't see any billboards, commercials, or hear any radio announcements pertaining to the fact that it's a Pandemic.  

Oh, I'm sorry, let me correct that because to be politically correct, I should be saying an epidemic.  Right?   

Just the thought of knowing that you think using protection is lame, and you keeping repeating the same old habits when you get busy...drives me insane. 

Full Steam Ahead!

It's amazing how you can be going hard for your cause, and then all of a sudden you have to stop, regroup, and get refocused! That's exactly what just recently happened to me. Standing tall, strong, and determined… against all Stigma and against all odds. It just didn't matter to me if you wanted to talk about HIV/AIDS, hear about it, or be about it...you were going to hear something that hopefully you would share in your travels.

Intercepting the Package…

I just want you to know, we truly tried to keep that package from you by intercepting the gift of HIV with education, condoms, and testing. We thought if we kept the stats of transmission, and the rate of STIs in your face, and the sounds of protection echoed in your ears, along with the names of STDs, you would be more inclined to reach for that condom before you reached for that flesh. Understanding it is a choice, but adamant about continuing to scream bloody murder because there were still predators running rampant who wanted to intentionally devour your internal soul with HIV!  

Help Me Stop The HIV Myths!

It bothers me so much that we are so gullible, and just want to believe what comes out of people's mouths. We would rather believe a lie than learn the truth. Here are 5 Myths about HIV/AIDS, and I really hope this can help somebody reading today.

I Made a Vow...

Lynette was in a Harlem hospital on the 3rd floor in a room alone, and refused to give her life to Christ as I stood there begging! Quarantined due to the opportunistic infection, her body was plagued with things besides her AIDS diagnosis.

Hiding Behind the "Good Book"...

Why is it so hard to understand that getting infected with HIV/AIDS is possible and can happen to you?

Just because you saved and sanctified and running for your God doesn't exclude you….yes, you!

You can remember when:

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