Our country and our community need to create an environment where people with HIV can freely disclose our HIV status in a fashion that is appropriate for us and without fear of discrimination, stigma or reprisal.
Saturday, December 1st is World AIDS Day. The theme this year highlights our public health goal of "Getting to Zero" -- that is, zero new cases of HIV. We couldn't be further from this goal, especially in the black community.
While STIs cross all racial lines, African Americans are disproportionately at risk for such common infections as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. African-American women must take the first step to protect our health: Talk about sex.