NOW THAT SUMMER IS HERE LET'S PRACTICE SAFER SEX CHOICES CLASS IS STILL IN SESSION
DID YOU KNOW? About one in every 10 people is LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning are sexual orientations. Trans is a gender identity.
Words can hurt
We know now that anyone can be infected with HIV, no matter...
- your age
- your sex
- your race or ethnic origin
- sexual orientation
DID YOU KNOW? More than 75% of HIV diagnoses in Ontario’s Black community are attributed to heterosexual transmission. HIV incidence has been stable or increasing in Canadians exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex since 2008. According to 2011 national HIV estimates, 34% of HIV-positive people whose infection is attributable to a heterosexual exposure remain undiagnosed.
That is why it is so important that you get tested, know your status and always use protection – even for heterosexual sex. -
- Some cultural, religious or social beliefs present unprotected sex as a man's prerogative, a sign of manhood and of good sexual health.
- Community intolerance of gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men may lead some men to avoid HIV prevention education, or to engage in relationships that limit their ability to practice safer sex.
- For many reasons women are 5 times more likely than men to get HIV. For example, the female genital tract, cervix and uterus provide a greater surface area for absorbing the virus. Also, semen may remain in the genital tract and beyond for up to three days.
- Some cultural and religious beliefs about the roles of women can limit their ability to negotiate safer sex or expose them to sexual abuse, assault or violence.
- Some women live with the threat of violence in their relationships and may not feel safe enough to say no to sex or to negotiate safer sex.
- Homelessness also increases HIV risk, as women may feel they must trade sex for shelter, or are at risk for rape.
- Cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) may increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV if (a) the tools used to perform FGM are not sterilized, (b) the affected area does not heal properly despite appearances, (c) the scarring is ruptured through sexual intercourse or childbirth.See more from our friends over at Black C.A.P
Now lets get back to the reality in our city. The6ix. Tdot, Let's continue to remember that with these Facts below we have to be responsible and teach responsibility.
More people live with HIV today than ever before—not just around the world but right here in #Toronto.
HIV is a virus that can make you sick
HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) weakens your immune system, your body’s built-in defence against disease and illness.
Anyone can be infected with HIV. You can have HIV without knowing it. You may not look or feel sick for years, but you can still pass the virus on to other people.
Without HIV treatment, your immune system can become too weak to fight off serious illnesses. HIV can also damage other parts of your body. Eventually, you can become sick with life-threatening infections. This is the most serious stage of HIV infection, called AIDS (or Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome).
There is no vaccine to prevent HIV.
There is no cure for HIV… but there is treatment.
There is no cure for HIV, but with proper care and treatment, most people with HIV can avoid getting AIDS and can stay healthy for a long time.
Anti-HIV drugs have to be taken every day. They cannot get rid of HIV but they can keep it under control.
DID YOU KNOW? That Only five body fluids can contain enough HIV to infect someone: blood, semen (including pre-cum), rectal fluid, vaginal fluid and breast milk.
HIV can only get passed when one of these fluids from a person with HIV gets into the bloodstream of another person—through broken skin, the opening of the penis or the wet linings of the body, such as the vagina, rectum or foreskin.
HIV cannot pass through healthy, unbroken skin.
The two main ways that HIV can get passed between you and someone else are:
- through unprotected sex (anal or vaginal sex without a condom)
- by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs (including steroids)
- by sharing needles or ink to get a tattoo
- by sharing needles or jewellery to get a body piercing
- by sharing acupuncture needles
- to a fetus or baby during pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding
- talking, shaking hands, working or eating with someone who has HIV
- hugs or kisses
- coughs or sneezes
- swimming pools
- toilet seats or water fountains
- bed sheets or towels
- forks, spoons, cups or food
- insects or animals
HIV can be passed during unprotected sex.
- vaginal or anal sex without a condom
- oral sex without a condom or dental dam (a piece of latex used to cover the vulva or anus)
- sharing sex toys
Protect yourself and your partner(s) from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).You can have sex with little or no risk of passing on or getting HIV. This is called safer sex.
Safer sex also helps protect you and your partner(s) from other STIs, such as gonorrhea and syphilis.
As cited by Global Tv What’s worse is that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are each increasing in frequency in the U.S.
Unfortunately, the Public Health Agency of Canada has reported similar trends in this country.
Between 2001 and 2010, gonorrhea rates were up 53.5 per cent and syphilis rates more than quadrupled (up by 456.7 per cent).
Rates of chlamydia, which is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection, have increased every year since 1997.
People can have HIV or other STIs without knowing it because these infections often do not cause symptoms. Also, don’t assume that your partner know(s) whether they have HIV or any other STI. The only way to know for sure is to be tested.
To practice safer sex…
- Use a latex or polyurethane condom correctly every time you have vaginal or anal sex.
- Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants. (Oil-based lubricants can make latex condoms break.)
- Get tested for STIs regularly. Having an STI increases your risk of getting and passing on HIV.
- Avoid sharing sex toys, and if you do, cover each one with a new condom before each use. It is also important to clean your toys between vaginal and anal use.
- Use a condom or dental dam every time you have oral sex.
- Choose forms of sexual stimulation that pose little or no risk for HIV, like masturbation or sensual massage.
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