HIV stigma hurts individuals and our API community. Saving face can’t make you safe when Asians have statistically significant growth of HIV infection (5% increase from 2010-2014)! We need to empower each other to build healthier communities.
Do You Know if You Have HIV?
66.5% of Asian Americans and 43.1% of Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV. We’ve got the lowest HIV testing rates of all races and ethnicities! With low testing rates, that means an estimated 1 in 5 APIs living with HIV don’t even know it.
What is HIV/AIDS?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a life-long virus that attacks cells of your body’s immune system. Over time, HIV reduces your body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is a deadly stage of infection where your body is too weak to fight disease.
How do you Protect Yourself?
HIV is spread through direct contact of certain body fluids from someone who has HIV. When spread through blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk, HIV is mainly spread through sexual activities and needle/syringe use.
- Choose less risky sexual behavior
- Use condoms consistently and correctly
- Reduce your number of sexual partners
- Use HIV medication, like PrEP, to reduce your risk
- Get tested and treated for other STIs
- Encourage HIV+ people to get tested and stay on HIV treatment
- Educate yourself about HIV risk & how to reduce it
Take the Quiz: Are you a Stigmatizer?
Saving face can’t make you safe! Learn how to encourage healthy conversations and behaviors with nine multiple choice questions and video resources. Take the quiz now.
Did you know? APIs were significantly more likely to begin PrEP after referred to regimen by a clinic as opposed to a self-referral. Reduce the stigma and spread awareness today!
Find More Resources
Learn about HIV/AIDS through the Bayan Tree Project.
Learn more about PrEP at AIDS.gov.
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