What is it going to take? How many photos have to be posted? Discussions, posts, free giveaways. When will people take care of SELF? When will we recognize that we are ALL affected by things that people say only affect a certain group? Many of these programs and agencies service a “Target” demographic, but that does not mean all of the services are neglecting those who do not fit into the categories of men who have sex with men that are between the ages of 18 - 24. So this group may be given a gift card or a raffle ticket to win something cool, just as an incentive to be proactive… but why can’t that just be a bonus? I know my program has a target demographic, but that does not mean that I wont walk someone who doesn’t fit that demographic into the clinic just as I would one of my clients. Even the incentives aren’t enough for OUR PEOPLE to get a move on. I can invite as many people as possible, take as many names, numbers, and emails as I can, but at the end of the day this movement depends on YOU making the moves too. How many of you guys know about PrEP and/or PEP? Any of the other advancements in medication to help prevent the transmission of HIV? or any other health issues prevalent in societies we belong to? How many people are willing to do the research? How many of you actually care? How many of you see the pictures and promo flyers that are posted to raise awareness upon HIV testing? How many of you fit that demographic? How many of you don’t fit that demographic, but know someone who does? How many of you share those helpful tools for the well-being of someone you know? Even if it’s “too awkward to talk about” how many of you actually talk about it? Many people will post videos of people fighting, children cursing, the latest gossip about people who actually have enough money to fund entire programs… but won’t think twice about what is actually share worthy. I want to know what is it going to take? Not everyone cares about HIV, high blood pressure, diabetes, or the host of other things that can be PREVENTED before it’s too late. Not everyone is at high risk, but that doesn’t exclude people from obtaining knowledge. Each one can teach one. I get tested. OFTEN. Should that say anything distasteful about me as a person who is concerned with his health? You don’t have to fit a certain category to take care of yourself! The gift I get is the opportunity to receive knowledge about my personal well-being. I don’t need to be rewarded by anyone for that. I do it because it is important. I do it because I want to KNOW what’s going on with MYSELF. I make sure that I am aware of my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I make sure that I work hard to keep my blood pressure healthy, blood sugar normal, and that I am on top of my sexual health. These are things that have an affect on your body that if gone unnoticed can cause serious damage to many other organs that are essential to healthy living. These are also things that can be controlled and prevented. If i’m selfish about anything it’s my well-being. On all levels. When will more people think in a way that puts these things first? These services are FREE! When will people stop cancelling appointments because they “thought everyone was going to get one” and “didn’t know it was a raffle” How are you really winning? I encourage you to not look to incentives as a REASON to get yourself taken care of. They are great and all and we have them to give. Is recognizing that those incentives are raffles that serious to where you lose sight of the bigger picture and the reason there is a raffle to begin with? Thank you to those of you who go out and get yourself checked out! Those of you who take care of things before you need to be given an incentive to do so. Don’t get me wrong incentives are a beautiful thing and they are considered a bonus, but think bigger. Think about life. KNOWING what’s going on is more grand. Getting educated/informed is more fulfilling. Doing YOUR part and spreading things learned is remarkable. Whether it’s you or someone you know, BE BRAVE! MAKE the time! Recognize the incentives or the chances to win as a bonus.
Couples Testing done RIGHT!!!!! Communication, Honesty, and Trust are all things healthy relationships require! We open the floor for the growth of these qualities between young gay men! Grab yo man and bring him down to visit #R3VNG! Give us a call to set up your appointment for couples testing and counseling! #Relationships #Gay #Young #Black #Latino #youth #Guidance #SaferSex #HIVPrevention #FindOut #NoStigma #NoShade #AllLove #GetTested
One of my most precious possessions!!!!! This book was such an investment. I wrote my short “Bookstores” while Jerry and I were just two little birds walking around Barnes & Noble hoping to find a book that I’ve told him about when we enjoyed our first Sunday Funday as friends. I kept mentioning this book and how we should get it and one day we took a trip and purchased them. We try to read this book everyday and if we miss we catch up. We give our interpretation of the message and what we gained from the reading! It’s a lovely thing to do. This book helps shape our day and outlook on life! I highly suggest people invest. Today’s highlight was the fine line between privacy and hiddenness… I think that’s an important topic that everyone should discuss with themselves! A mental conversation that needs to be had. It’s deep! #Awakening #MarkNepo #TheBookOfAwakening #SelfImprovement #Mindfulness