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Healthy Man of the Month – November 2014
Josh is a man on a mission.
He’s a parent, aspiring model and a advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. HIV positive since 2011, Josh was dealing with potential exposure about his status to the public by people he knew, “If people are gonna find out they’re going to hear it from me and not by somebody else. He chose to reveal his status on Facebook.
“I didn’t know how big that was going to be, people still to this day in box me about HIV information.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only certain fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk—from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. Mucous membranes can be found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and the mouth.
In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by
Knowing the importance of sharing his HIV status but also understanding the potential harm, Josh says “I prefer to not tell my status in person. I prefer to text it so there is a record.”
In addition disclosure, “I think the biggest protection we have is condoms, everybody should be using them!”
Our Healthy Man of the Month is the epitome of a man evolving when it comes to HIV prevention. “I really did not know much about HIV until I became positive. In high school I became a father and I really did not know much about sexual health and STD’s.”
If you or someone you know thinks they’ve been exposed to HIV or any other sexually transmitted infection, get tested right away. Disrupt the pattern of transmission by knowing your health status and protecting it, always.