Posted by: Candace
I recently watched an ESPN film on Netflix called, "The Announcement." It's a documentary on the life of Earvin "Magic" Johnson before and after finding out that he was HIV positive. While watching, I saw a familiar name, Hydeia Broadbent. It was a clip of Magic interviewing her as a little girl. She wanted to be treated as a normal person despite having HIV. I was in tears and sent her a tweet on Twitter expressing how moved I was by both the documentary and her interview. The 27 year old replied back quickly. I had been following her for a few years on Twitter and had her as a friend on Facebook. What I admire about Hydeia and Magic is that they didn't let this disease get them down. They are activist and out educating the community about HIV and AIDS.
When I read that one of Hydeia's pills cost $750, I was floored. Someone close to me also has HIV and I really wanted to get involved in any way that I could. I wanted to find a way to give back and educate others about HIV/AIDS. I found the Magic Johnson Foundation which allows others to donate money or buy custom items such as watches and wristbands to show their support. The foundation urges people to get tested, helps with treatment, and educates others on HIV/AIDS. Magic recently visited my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina and I'm sad that I missed the event, but hopefully I can catch another one.
According to WomensHealth.gov 1 in 5 adults and adolescents in the United States, have HIV and don't even know it. Most people with HIV have little to no symptoms, so it's best to get tested to be sure. Some symptoms are fever, headache, weight loss, and lack of energy. The best ways to protect yourself from HIV/Aids is Abstinence, using latex condoms every time you have sex, having one uninfected partner and remaining faithful, and never sharing needles.
For more information on HIV/AIDS awareness visit: TheBody.com