Photo: Courtesy of C. Hudson
by Charmaine Hudson
The Red Pump Project is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in women and girls. The organization was founded in March 2009 by Luvvie Ajayi and Karyn Brianne Lee who both came up with a creative way to raise more awareness having bloggers “Rock the Red Pump” on their blogs; which represents the courage and strength of women and girls fighting HIV/AIDS. Since its debut, more than 3000 bloggers have participated in Rock the Red Pump. Luvvie and Karyn also provide informative education through another program called Cupcakes and Condoms. It is a free educational program for women and girls to receive more information about HIV/AIDS and how it affects us and ways to prevent it. The tour for the Red Pump Project stopped in Houston Saturday and was conducted by Skyy Banks, the ambassador for the organization. Guests were treated to cupcakes and a real conversation on how to prevent catching the disease. There were female condom demonstrations and talks about taking the right steps to protect our health when it comes to intimate relationships. Testing was also available on site.
Charmaine Hudson and Radio/TV Personality “JJ”
One of the speakers on the panel was Jeffeaa N. Gullett, MD. She is the Medical Director for the UT Physician Community Health and Wellness-Victory Clinic in Houston. She shared a few words of wisdom for women and girls.
“The biggest thing honestly is making sure you know your status not just HIV but STDs as well as your partner status. Make sure you have that conversation with your partner because you don’t want to give them anything or vice versa. If you think you have symptoms of anything don’t just sit there make sure that you get treated for it.”
Every forty-seven minutes a woman tests positive for HIV. It is the leading cause of death for African American women ages 25-45 years old. When HIV affects one of us, it affects all of us. –www.theredpumpproject.org
Prevention is about education and teaching the younger generation about the disease. If you would like to know more about the Red Pump Project visit:
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