Does anybody know what this means or what it is?
This is an HIV rapid test with two dots which indicates the person testing has tested positive for HIV.
This test here hits very close to home. One of my dearest friends of three decades was the person who tested positive. It breaks my heart I have to give news like this to someone, especially someone so close.
As I told him as I will tell everyone, HIV is no longer a death sentence. In fact it’s quite manageable with proper care and medicinal treatment along with good mental health care. People today are still so shocked whenever they find out, and believe it or not, it’s still happens quite rapidly in the country with over 50,000 people testing positive every year, most living in the south.
But we’re on the cusp of some of the greatest breakthroughs for HIV care ever known. With quarterly HIV medication shots eliminating day-to-day pills… More and more hopes for a cure to be found within the next decade due to the diligence of scientists, and more importantly, more one-a-day treatments than ever before in our history.
Yes, we still have many obstacles to face and endure stigma. With a disease that’s over 40 years of age we still have some of the most discriminatory people out there who spout hateful and ignorant things towards people living with HIV. People that don’t even know that undetectable equals untransmittable but continue to demean others who are living with this disease.
On December 4th we will be hosting our World AIDS Day Rock the Ribbon Benefit on Broadway from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy this wonderful program of education, music, food, entertainment, free HIV testing, testimonials and remembrance. Get educated and get to know more about the great breakthroughs that are taking place each and every day that soon will bring an end to HIV once and for all.