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How To Protect Yourself Against HIV/AIDS

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Carol explains why a woman with a husband in prison is at an increased risk for HIV/AIDS and shares how she can protect herself.

Carol Poore:
One of the growing areas of concern with HIV and AIDS is in the area of men who are in prison and they may be fooling around what they call a down low and they may not be or consider themselves gay, but they are fooling around with other men in prison while they are there, while they are incarcerated, and when their time is up and they come home there’s not a lot of communication with the wife. They come back home and they bring HIV/AIDS back into the home environment and it’s something that may have been transmitted while they were in prison, and so women are at risk when their husbands come home from being incarcerated and that this is something they need to be aware of so that they can ensure that their husbands are tested and they protect themselves during the time period when that transition happens, when the man comes home.

Women need to request that their husbands are tested for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Now that may not always be possible. You can’t force someone to go to tested, but certainly a woman can try to do her best to make sure that her husband or partner, that they are using a condom, if possible, and certainly do all possible to insist that that man get tested.

About Carol Poore:
Carol A. Poore is president and CEO of Phoenix-based Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the oldest and largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS research, clinical trial and education resource center in the U.S. Southwest. As president and CEO of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Poore leads clinical trial research operations, educators, and a community outreach team including more than 300 volunteers, leading strategy and partnership with the U.S. Southwest’s biomedical research and community-based healthcare organizations.

Visit Carol Poore at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

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