Sexy and Safe for Valentines Day

Awareness is Sexy

Shiny Dolls- http://www.flickr.com/photos/horiavarlan/4264097206/sizes/m/in/photolist-7uNBxm-7wfZvZ-7wnUtW-8Bktay-e5Tvgc-egoESf-To prepare for the upcoming season of love, the Teen Space will be offering FREE and confidential HIV testing, a sexual health information session, interactive activities, and free condoms from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15!

Stay sexy and safe this Valentine's Day weekend by protecting yourself and your partners.

A major part of the fight against the spread of HIV is eliminating stigma. Here are five key facts about HIV/AIDS and prevention that you should know and spread:

  1. HIV can be transmitted through five bodily fluids; semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk, blood, and pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum). You cannot get HIV from hugging, sitting on a toilet seat, or any other action that doesn't involve bodily fluids!
  2. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Key word HUMAN; you cannot get HIV from an animal or mosquito.
  3. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS. But there is treatment.
  4. The female condom is a good alternative to using the male condom. Remember you can't use two male condoms at the same time nor can you use a male and a female condom at the same time.
  5. If you are sexually active, you should get tested every three months. HIV can take up to three to six months to show up on an HIV test. This time period is called the window period.

Information about how you can help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS can be found in books throughout the library. Venture out beyond the non-fiction section and check out these books that incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness and stories of living with the virus:

Awareness is sexy. Get educated, get tested, spread knowledge.

*HIV testing is for youth ages 13-21 only. You must be within this age range to receive the free gift card as advertised.*

For more information, please feel free to contact the Teen Space at 202-727-5535.