From personal experience, I know how easy it is to let caution fall by the wayside. HIV is a throw of the dice -- you can have unprotected sex once, or a 1,000 times and not contract HIV or an STD. Don't assume that you are immune though, as I unfortunately did. This year, the same way many of us use a checklist for travel packing, let's include a pre-vacation sexual health checklist.
It is documented that Ebola virus remains in the sperm and breast milk of survivors, for up to 90 days or longer, indicating that the virus is sexually and maternally transmitted. Aid agencies distribute condoms to men who recovered from Ebola, disregarding reported failures in adherence to "don't have sex for 3 months."
We need to offer access to a full array of prevention choices and educate our younger brothers. To be empowered to make decisions that will help to end this epidemic. Making sure they know how to and are able to reach their health potential. Youth and young adults are rising up all over this country to take on the fight to end to this epidemic.
Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.