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A couple of weeks ago I posted about June 27th’s National HIV Testing Day and to keep our readers up to speed, that day is today. I encourage each and every one of the readers of Hello Beautiful to take advantage of this day by going out and getting tested.

Not only should you get tested today, but I also urge you to make HIV awareness a habit. Don’t only get tested today because it’s National HIV Testing Day, do it every couple of months and be sure to where protection each and every time you are sexually active.

Also, if you feel awkward going to get tested, bring your partner along to not only get tested as well but it’s also a great way to feel more comfortable. If for whatever reason your partner can’t come, bring a friend, hey the more people you bring along, the better.

Also, remember to follow these guidelines to safe sex:

4. Get Tested.

3. Wear a condom.

2. Remain in a monogamous relationship.

1. Abstinence.

I want to leave you with an astounding piece of information I gained from reading this article, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in this country, and Black women account for some 66% of all these new cases.” Check out more from this article here.

So there you have it, know your status, get tested today!

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