I LOVE the color RED! And I LOVE a nice pair of pumps.
Put the two together and what do you have? A stylish way to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The Red Pump Project™ uses the red shoe as a symbol of empowerment to represent the strength and courage of women and girls infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
This is my first year rocking the red pump and joining the RTRP Campaign, in an effort to join with people all over the blogosphere by dedicating a post to this very important issue. What I find particularly jarring, is HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States and is the leading cause of death for 25-34yo Black women!! Damn.
I could easily be one of these women infected and affected by HIV. As educated as I am, and as cautious as I am when it comes to sexuality, I haven’t always made the wisest and safest choices when its comes to sex. A few times, I trusted the men in my life with my life, having faith that they were as safe and clean as they claimed to be. And by the grace of God, I remain completely intact, infection (of any kind) free. But I don’t take this for granted. I don’t want to let my fate, my health, my life to be in the hands of some one else.
I encourage EVERYONE who is sexually active to GET TESTED, regularly and practice safe sex!! I know many women (including myself at one point) can feel self conscious about buying condoms or having condoms on hand. But what does “image” matter when your health is at stake? At some point we have to put on our big girl panties and handle our business. We are worth it!!
Cheers to all the women and girls living with HIV/AIDS. May they get the care and support they need to make it through. Big up to those doing HIV/AIDS research, improving treatment options for those infected. And God bless those who promote HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
I wish you all a happy and wonderful weekend! Tomorrow is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I suggest my ladies go out and buy a bunch of condoms and get to practicing that safe sex with your man. Hey, the GOP thinks we’re out chea just f*cking all day on birth control anyway, why not live up to the hype?? ;-)
Proudly rocking my red pumps,