When I hear the phase and “I am my Brothers/Sisters Keeper” was does this truly mean to me? This phrase can have many different meanings for many different people. But when I think of HIV/AIDS this phrase has a tremendously effect overall. African Americans are still the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. According to the Center for Disease Control African Americans accounted for an estimated 44 percent of all new HIV infections despite representing only 12 percent of the United States Population; considering the smaller size of the United State Population. These rates are alarming and devastating to me personally being African American, so I ask myself am I my Brothers/Sisters Keeper. African American are the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States.
What can I do? As my Brothers/Sisters Keeper it is important for me to act and react, so I will display the urgency of the importance getting tested and knowing your status. Knowing your HIV status whether Negative or Positive is very important overall. There is an urgent and challenge for the African American community for persons who do not know there status, without treatment and care after seroconversion of an HIV infection it can progress to an AIDS diagnosis. If an HIV-infected individual is not treated to reduce viral load and support the immune system infection rates increase. When a person is not treated the transmission rate will continue to increase overall but still have an alarming effect on the African American diaspora.
As my Brothers/Sister Keeper it is important for me to inform everyone about the important of testing and to remind you that your brothers and sisters are here to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Be your brothers/sisters keeper.