“Testing is power. Take that knowledge seriously. Testing has never been made easier. You can pick up a test at Walmart, Walgreen and Rite Aid and do your own test yourself. We don’t have to suffer in silence and so many of us are choosing to do so,” Ralph said.
Is it possible to get to zero?
“It’s possible if people know their status. We have about 40,000 cases of new infections every year. We have a hot spot in the southern United States that rivals sub-Saharan Africa.”
Take a look at a few quick facts about the disease below:
HIV Amount Women
- Approximately one in four people living with HIV infection in the United States are women.*
- Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact (84%).
- An estimated 88% of women who are living with HIV are diagnosed, but only 32% have the virus under control.
HIV Among Men in the United States
- Men accounted for 76% of all adults and adolescents living with HIV infection at the end of 2010 in the United States.
- Men who have sex with men account for most new and existing HIV infections among men.
- By race/ethnicity, black men have the highest rates of new HIV infections among all men.
HIV Among Transgender People
- Transgender women are at high risk for HIV infection.
- By race/ethnicity, black/African-American transgender women have the highest percentage of new HIV-positive test results.
- Efforts are under way to improve the quality of HIV data collected on transgender communities.
HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men
- Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.
- Among all gay and bisexual men, black/African-American gay and bisexual men bear a disproportionate burden of HIV.
- From 2008 to 2010, HIV infections among young black/African-American gay and bisexual men increased 20%.
Click the link above to hear the entire interview and be sure to catch Sheryl co-starring alongside Tia Mowry in the TV Land smash hit, Instant Mom. The show can also be seen on BET.
A Tribute to Folks We Lost to AIDS
1. Alvin Ailey 1931-19891 of 19
2. Franklyn Seales 1952-19902 of 19
3. Jermaine Stewart 1957-19973 of 19
4. Kevin Peter Hall 1955-19914 of 19
5. Gia Carangi 1960-19865 of 19
6. Arthur Ashe 1943-19936 of 19
7. Larry Riley 1953-19927 of 19
8. Fela Kuti 1938-19978 of 19
9. Willi Smith 1948-19879 of 19
10. Sharon Redd 1945-199210 of 19
11. Pedro Zamora 1972-199411 of 19
12. David Hampton 1964-200312 of 19
13. Yvonne Vera 1964-200513 of 19
14. Freddie Mercury 1946-199114 of 19
15. Perry Watkins 1948-199615 of 19
16. Anthony Perkins 1932-199216 of 19
17. Max Robinson 1939-198817 of 19
18. Rick Aviles 1952-199518 of 19
19. Robert Reed 1932-199219 of 19
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