How Should HIV Awareness Look Today?

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I believe that organizations and charities really help. I think getting support from people is really important. It's really interesting when we were trying you find celebrities to help support us. There was that stigma of if I support in a service organization people will think I have AIDS and, it's a double edged sword.

I really like the idea of targeting younger people, I very happy to see Sesame street talk about HIV. That's a huge breakthrough. You have to imagine if you're 13 to 24 year old, African-American are the fast rising group. Maybe the messaging is in the wrong place. Are you targeting them? Maybe they don't have a computer, or maybe they're not going to an AIDS service organization.

So, go to where you think they will be at schools and I think we really have to instruct schools more and more to introduce this idea of safe sex by using condoms, and you have to be that specific. and even the vaccine that we talked about with the papillomavirus. I don't know why we're not doing enough sex education in schools.

I think we still feel like, we are in denial that children don't have sex, but they do, and I think that if you educate them early on about HIV and the spread of HIV may reduce that. So, imagine if you're a 15 year old girl in Long Island, her knowledge of HIV is gay men and Sub-Saharan Africans.

That excludes me, so I'm going to use oral birth control with my boyfriend, and that me from getting pregnant, so her goal is to not get pregnant and maybe she has to know that oral birth control does not protect you from the human papillomavirus, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV. So I think it's really being very specific and I worked with MTV at one point, we did a lot of messaging and I was more less more interested in not talking about whether you were gay or straight or transgender, but talking about the sex act itself.

So if you perform oral sex on men, if you enjoy receptive anal sex, so take away the labeling because if you happen to be maybe 13 to 24 you may recognize yourself as gay, you may not identify with that. So why would I then say, messaging for young gay men well then I don't want to listen to that becaue I'm not a young, gay man.

So very specific about sex and how to prevent diseases as opposed to just labeling young adults who don't want to even deal with that yet.