December 1st is World AIDS Day and while there are number of events and activities one can do to participate I am going to use this as a reminder to everyone to get tested for HIV. I took some time yesterday to get tested again since it had been a few months since I was last tested. In my post Recommendations To a New sub Setting Up his First Session I hit upon this but in addition to knowing your own status you should also ask your play partners if they have any STD’s. For those of you in the United States you can click here to find HIV and STD testing centers in your area.
Know your status, know your partners’ status, and share your status with your partner(s). My results came back negative.
If you are in the Chicago area and not sure where to get tested check out Howard Brown Health Center Walk-in Clinic. HIV and syphilis testing are both free at the walk-in clinic. The clinic also provides a number of other services and treatments as well – check out their website for more information.
Finally, consider donating money or time to an organization, such as the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, that helps improve the lives of those with HIV/AIDS and works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in our community.