In my previous post, “Life By Zen: My Personal Story” it was important to mention my mom and her husband’s race/ethnicity. HIV/AIDS still carries a lot of stigma in 2011. It remains associated with homosexuality, Africa, etc. My mom’s situation wasn’t the norm but still of importance. Men and women, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation can contract HIV. Evidently, being married does not make anyone immune or less susceptible to the virus. Not being black, African or young will protect you from HIV.

According to UNICEF in 2003, the new faces of HIV were young women between the ages of 15 – 24 years old. Eight years later, the new faces of HIV are adults age 50 years old and older.

One of my college professors described the virus as elegant. He did so because of the virus’ ability to live in a human body undetected then manifest itself years to a decade later. That alone should be enough to consider the consequences of not being sexually responsible. Take control of your life by protecting yourself and getting tested regularly. It’s not just your life, you know?

– LifeByZen

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