Black Men and HIV: What Every Black Woman Needs to Know

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  A client uses an oral swab during a free HIV testing event at by the Whitman-Walker Health February 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Whitman-Walker Health held the event to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Black Men and HIV: What Every Black Woman Needs to Know

How to have a conversation about HIV in your relationship.

Published October 25, 2013

Are you in a relationship? Have you already had a conversation with your partner about their sexual health? Have you seen their test results? Better yet, have you gone to get tested together?

Blacks currently account for about half (49 percent) of the people who get HIV and AIDS, although they comprise 14 percent of the US population.  Because women are at a particularly high risk of contracting this disease, it’s extremely important for them to have sex health conversations with their partners…as uncomfortable as the topic may be.

How can a woman begin a sexual health conversation with someone she’s just started dating?

Having the conversation about STDs and getting tested while dating should be brought up just as easily as the conversation about careers, marriage and the plan for children. Women engaging in sexual activity while dating need to also start planning for their sexual future, just like they would plan everything else in the future.

In reality, the best time to start this dialogue about sexually transmitted diseases and infections is in the beginning of the relationship before any sexual activity ever occurs. Women often make the mistake of having one of the most important conversations in a relationship well after there is an emotional attachment and when it is easier to therefore compromise on their beliefs.

A lot of women get infected while in a serious relationship. What are the best things a woman can go in a serious relationship/marriage to stay safe and healthy?

Whether married, in a serious relationship, or in a casual relationship, women having sex are at risk of contracting HIV.

Read more about what women need to know about HIV at BlackDoctor.Org.

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 (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Written by Lorraine Jones, BlackDoctor.Org

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