December 1st is World AIDS Day. For those of you that don't know exactly what that entails, it's a day to bring awareness to the importance of testing and knowledge about this growing concern around the world and here at home.
Me personally have known and/or know a few people that have confided in me about having this horrible disease and they don't deserve it. Lets help each other and put a stop to the spread of HIV and other life threatening diseases.
Here in the U.S. over 1.2 million people have HIV and the rate of infections are growing every year. This is a problem that affects people of all walks of life not just gay or strait or any types of races.
The problem with the disease is that most people don't know that they're infected because HIV is asymptomatic meaning it doesn't always show symptoms. In fact the most common symptoms of a newly infected person is just flu like symptoms that are usually mistaken for, well, the flu.
That's why in December of every year organizers around the country push for people to get tested. Besides regular use of condoms it's one of the best defenses against contracting the disease.
So this year, as I do every year, I'm getting tested. Are you? Do you regularly get tested for STDs and HIV? It's important so don't forget!