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We Need To Stop Beating Around The Bush When It Comes To This Disease Killing Latinos

October 15 is not only the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s also National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. The Latinx community is disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS and it’s time we work to bring that to an end. Here are five facts about HIV and AIDS in the Latinx community that you probably don’t know.

1. A large percentage of Latinxs are affected by HIV and AIDS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latinxs made up just about 17 percent of the U.S. population in 2014. However, Latinxs accounted for 24 percent of new HIV and AIDS cases diagnosed in 2014. In numbers, out of 44,784 new HIV and AIDS cases reported in 2014, Latinxs made up 10,887.

2. Young (ages 13 to 24) Latino gay and bisexual men are the most impacted group.

The same report from the CDC says that there has been an 87 percent increase in HIV and AIDS cases reported between 2005 and 2014 (2010 to 2014 saw only a 16 percent increase in new HIV and AIDS cases). Latino men are three times more likely than white men to contract HIV or AIDS. During the same time of 2005 to 2014, Latinas have seen a 35 percent decline in new cases of HIV and AIDS.

3. Machismo is partially to blame for the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Latinx community.

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According to a different study by the CDC, the cultural stigma of homosexuality and being HIV positive can help the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Latinx community. A fear of coming out to family and opening up about risky behavior can drive young LGBTQ Latinx people from seeking treatment or getting tested. The same machismo culture can lead to Latinx men not seeking out way o decrease their risk of contracting HIV, like Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

4. The Latinx community has a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than normal.

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The CDC has found that the rate of STDs in the Latinx community is higher than in most races and ethnicities. The same report also finds that having an STD increases a person’s chance of contracting HIV.

5. Men make up 86 percent of all HIV and AIDS cases in the Latinx community.

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It’s time to end the stigma of HIV and LGBTQ in the Latinx community. The more open we are, the better we can make better choices to keep each other safe.

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If you have recently been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and don’t know what to do, click here to find your state’s HIV and AIDS hotline. You can also call the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 for help.

READ: New York Just Sent The Most Awkward Gift To Puerto Rico, But It’s Actually A Good Thing

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A Michigan Woman Accidentally Glued Her Eye Shut After Mistaking Nail Glue For Eye Drops

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A Michigan Woman Accidentally Glued Her Eye Shut After Mistaking Nail Glue For Eye Drops

She’s no Gorilla Glue Girl but you can call her lucky!

Yacedrah Williams, of Michigan, is putting glue back in the headlines again after she accidentally reached for nail adhesive instead of her eye drops. Fortunately, after a frightening experience, she was able to recover and maintain her eyesight.

Williams made the shocking mistake last Thursday after experiencing dry eyes.

Williams mistook a glue meant to fix broken fingernails for the lubricating eye drops she typically uses for her contact lenses, according to WXYZ. In an interview with the local Detroit station, Williams explained that after falling asleep with her contacts in, she woke up in the middle of the night with dry eyes. Feeling groggy, she reached for her purse where she stored her eye drops, and accidentally retrieved a bottle of nail glue. It wasn’t until the glue went into her eye that Williams realized she’d reached for the wrong bottle.

“I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!'” Williams told the outlet. “It dropped in my eye and I tried to wipe it away.”

However, she was too late. Williams realized her eye had glued shut. “It sealed my eyes shut,” Williams commented. “I just started throwing cold water, and I was trying to pull my eyes apart but couldn’t. It was completely shut.”

Panicked and alarmed she called for her husband to call 911.

Williams immediately went to the hospital where doctors managed to open her eye and remove the glue which had fallen on her contact lens. Williams did lose some of her eyelashes but she can still be fine.

“They said that actually, the contacts saved my vision,” Williams explained to WXYZ. “They had to pull on it and flip the top of my lid.”

Count it as a lesson learned however, Williams said that after the horrifying incident she is committed to “never” putting her eye drops and nail glue in the same place again. In fact, she remarked, “I don’t think I’ll even have nail glue anymore.”

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Oprah Winfrey Just Revealed She Was Physically Abused As A Child

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Oprah Winfrey Just Revealed She Was Physically Abused As A Child

Updated May 10, 2021

Oprah Winfrey might be the queen whose success so many of us aspire to, but like so many her life is one built from a road of trauma. Her latest book What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing speaks to these traumas and stressful experience and was written alongside child psychiatrist and neurologist Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D.

In her most recent appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, Winfrey revealed that part of her trauma which she touches on in the book, includes the abuse she experienced from both her parents and grandparents.

Speaking about her experience with child domestic and physical abuse, Winfrey revealed that one beating from her grandmother left her bloody while in her church dress.

“One of the welts on my back opened up and bloodied the dress,” she revealed through tears. She went onto recall a time in her life when she woke up while in bed with her grandmother to find her grandfather strangling his wife.

“My grandmother and I slept in the bed together. My grandfather was in a room on the other side of the wall and one night in the middle of the night, my grandfather gets out of bed and comes into the room,” Winfrey explained. “And I wake up and he has his hands around my grandmother’s neck and she is screaming.”

Winfrey shared that after her grandmother managed to push her grandfather away, they both slept in the room after that her grandmother put a chair underneath their bedroom’s doorknob with tin cans around the chair. “And that is how we slept every night. I’m sleeping, I always slept with, listening for the cans,” she explained. “Listening for what happens if that doorknob moves.”

In her new book, Winfrey revealed that after her grandmother died, she moved from Mississippi to Milwaukee to live with her mother.

There, she was forced to sleep on the front porch of the house where her mother resided. “The night I arrived in Milwaukee, the woman my mother was boarding with, Ms. Miller, took one look at me and said, ‘She’ll have to sleep on the porch,'” Winfrey recalled in her book. “My mother said, ‘All right.’ As I watched my mother close the house door to go to the bed where I thought I’d sleep, I was consumed with a terrified sense of loneliness that brought me to tears.”

Winfrey went onto recall that the incident with the bloody dress happened after her grandmother caught her playing with water.

Speaking to Dr. Oz, she recalled how as a little girl she had been carrying a bucket of water to bring back home. “As I was bringing the water back, I was, like, playing with the water with my fingers like that in the water and my grandmother was looking out the window,” Winfrey recalled. “And when I brought the bucket in and I’m sloshing the bucket cause I’m a little girl, and she’s like “Were you playing in the water? Did you have your fingers in that water? That’s our drinking water.”

Winfrey’s latest book isn’t totally autobiographical, chapters dive into the connection between trauma and well-being, and Dr. Perry insight into who to handle traumatic experiences from their childhood. “The journey from traumatized to typical to resilient helps create a unique strength and perspective,” Dr. Perry write in the book. “That journey can create post-traumatic wisdom.”

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