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Neon Services: HIV TESTING Partnering With ‘Greater Than!’

2 December 2010 NEON Services No Comment

NEON Greater Than Campaign Palm Card Back

Did you know that in the U.S. more than one million people are living with HIV? And more than 500,000 of those are Black Americans. It doesn’t have to be this way. Know the facts. Get your questions about HIV/AIDS answered and get tested at any of the several NEON Health Care Service locations.

NEON Healthcare Services has partnered with ‘Greater Than’ a non-profit national organization dedicated to educating and helping our community to get tested!

Knowledge is >(Greater Than) Ignorance!

‘Greater Than’ reaches out to those that have been infected with the virus and don’t know what to do! ‘Deciding Moments: Reaching Others With My Story’ allows aids patients to tell their story.  Marvelyn has been infected with the HIV virus and here is her story:

My name: Marvelyn

Age: 26

Occupation: AIDS Ass Kicker and Author of The Naked Truth.

A little known fact about me: I think shopping is an exercise because it is hard work trying to find a bargain.

How I was infected:
I was infected from a former boyfriend who I loved and trusted.  One night he told to me that he didn’t have a condom, but he wasn’t trying to force the issue of having sex.  I thought not using a condom meant that he must love me and care about me.  I considered him to be my Prince Charming so sex with him without a condom wasn’t a bad idea.  I wanted to be with him forever.  I thought, “What is the worst that can happen?”  The only answer I came up with was pregnancy, which did not seem bad at all at the time.  HIV never crossed my mind.  I didn’t care about the virus until I was told that had it.

My Deciding Moment:
Stepping in front of a camera, a tape recorder and/or a microphone and speaking the truth. No matter who was against me or for me.

How I am Greater Than AIDS:
We are all greater than this disease but I have chosen to own that, believe it and achieve it.

What I’ve learned from living with HIV:
Believe it or not, when it comes to HIV I have no regrets.  HIV has taught me self-love, self-respect and self-responsibility.  Before HIV, I was invincible, irresponsible and on a path of self destruction.

What I want someone who is HIV negative to know about me:
I was once HIV negative and now I live with a manageable, but extremely difficult virus that has no cure.  If you are HIV negative I recommend that you take the steps to remain HIV negative, because you don’t get a second chance.

What I would tell someone who recently found out they were HIV positive:
HIV is not an adjective.  It doesn’t define you!  Oh and read my autobiography, The Naked Truth, because I heard it is a really good read and helpful book.  Whoever wrote it is a genius;)

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