World AIDS Day is today. The CDC states that HIV infection in African Americans is 8 times higher than that of any other racial group based on population size. Open, honest communication with partners and knowing what risks you are open to… take is important when reducing transmission of HIV and other STDs. Also reports state that unhealthy relationships can increase your risk for STI rates as well. Lets get real in our conversations because our lives matter and we not only need to have individual and group support to have these conversations but structural change as well to ensure proper access to health education, healthcare, screening and prevention services. #blacklivesmatter #getsmartb4ugetsexy
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) or long-acting reversible birth control are methods of birth control that provide effective pregnancy preventation for an extended time without requiring the person to do anything. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal implants. They are very effective with only a 1% failure rate. They are also much more cost effective than traditional birth control, such as condoms and birth control pills.
- Hormonal intrauterine device (Mirena – also known as IUC or IUS)
- Nonhormonal intrauterine device with copper
- Subdermal contraceptive implant (Nexplanon/Implanon/Implanon/Norplant/Jadelle)
- Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate injection (Depo Provera shot)
- monthly injection of a progestin and a synthetic estrogen
Nov. 17th – 21st is LARC week. For more information you can visit the www.lovemylarc.org and for information on all birth control methods and other reproductive health education.