Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today is National HIV Testing Day!

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD): June 27

Today is National HIV Testing Day, so if you have not already been tested go out there and get tested. Lets look at some numbers “ According to recently released data, nearly 82 percent of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are aware of their infection.”   

That is just the people who are aware that they have the infection, what about the people who are not aware? “18 percent of Americans with HIV don’t know they are infected.  That’s more than 200,000 people.” 

 By being tested, your not only protecting yourself, but your also protecting your loved ones as well. So let’s talk about testing, there are many places you can get tested including the health department, public health clinic, or your doctor’s office.

The most common HIV test is the antibody test, there are two types
Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) tests use blood, oral fluid, or urine to detect HIV antibodies. Results for these tests can take up to two weeks.”

 “Rapid HIV antibody tests also use blood, oral fluid, or urine to detect HIV antibodies. Results for these tests can take 10–20 minutes.”

If either tests comes up positive there is a test called the Western blot test that you would need to take to confirm the positive result. It takes about two weeks to receive results.  

The CDC recommends that opt-out HIV screening being part of your regular medical checkup if you’re between the ages of 13-64. If nothing else you should at least get tested once a year if any of the following applies to you:

Share needles/syringes or other equipment (“works”) for injecting drugs

Have a history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Have had unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with multiple or anonymous partners. 
Or if you have had had unprotected sex with a partner who did not know their own HIV status.”

Talk with your health care provider to determine how often you should get tested. Many HIV testing sites offer pre and post test counseling, where you can learn more about HIV as well as the HIV test. However, some testing sites may not offer counseling, its always best to ask if your interested. If they do not offer counseling, they might be able to refer you to a service provider that does. (Source

Check out this video

Testing at select Walgreens locations will be available June 27-29 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily and is provided by health departments and AIDS organizations.
Click this link to find out more says there are 5 ways to be greater than AIDS, so here are 5 ways to be greater than HIV:
 One, is to learn more about HIV from sites like and

 Two, talk about HIV with friends and family, so that everyone is learning. Why not start that conversation with a movie. Check out this movie called Life Support starring Queen Latifah, its based on the true-life story of writer-director Nelson George's HIV-positive sister, Andrea Williams.

Three, is to protect yourself, if you are sexually active make sure you and your partner use protection.

 Four, get tested, find a provider by typing in your address or zip code Or text your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) or call CDC INFO 24 hours a day at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

Five, Take action and spread the word!

 For more information check out these websites and

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June is Men’s Health Month!

 Everywhere I go this month, I see advertisements for “Dad’s & Grad’s” to prepare everyone for Father’s day and Graduation’s, which is a great time to celebrate the men and graduates of our lives!

 Happy Fathers Day to all the dad’s and Congratulations to all the Graduates!

 The month of June is also a very special month because it is Men’s Health Month, and the week leading up to Fathers day is Men’s Health week. So in addition to buying the man in your life a Father’s day gift, why not take him to get a check up to make sure his health is at its best! 

“Thousands of men lose their lives each year to preventable health problems like diabetes, heart disease, smoking related deaths. Men's Health Month highlights these and other preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men, boys, and their families.”- From Yahoo News 

There are actually many things you can do to get involved with Men’s Health Month, for instance, you can plan a “Wear Blue Day” encourage your coworkers, friends, and family to wear blue to create awareness for Men’s Health month, plan a health fair, donate or motivate others to donate month to prostate cancer research. To find out more about Men’s Health Month, events, activities and additional information I invite you to check out

 There are two health fairs that I know of that are going on this weekend, First Sam’s Club is providing Free Men’s Health Screenings, on Saturday, June 9, from 11 am – 3 pm. Check with your local Sam’s Club for more information or go to 

Second the Afghan Medical Professionals Association of America, and the Muslim Community Youth and Professionals is providing a free health fair for all, no health insurance required. SUNDAY JUNE 10th 2012 10:00am – 3:00pm Where: 7001 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22150 Screening available for: Cholesterol Level Blood Pressure Blood Sugar Level Bone Density Thyroid level Body Fat AND EKG Vision Screening Oral Cancer Screening Ear, Nose & Throat Pulmonary Function Test and much more!

 If you or someone you know is planning a Men’s health event, let me know I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or email me at

Sunday, June 3, 2012

National Cancer Survivors Day!!!

It’s a day of celebration, today is National Cancer Survivors Day!!! Today (& Everyday) is a great day to honor yourself or a loved one who has fought the battle with cancer!!! Check out this video!!!
I found this video on a great website called and they list 6 ways you can celebrate the survivor in your life, for example, for as little as $1 you can launch a star to honor the survivor in your life. Click the link for more info Standup2cancer's 6 ways to celebrate survivorship. Standup2cancer also has information on how you can get involved, as well as other helpful resources. So check them out at