I’ve been married to the same man for more than three decades. Last month I got tested for HIV on live TV. Thankfully my test came back negative. Some of my friends ask me, “Why bother when you’re married?” I tell them: “I love and trust my husband, but I’m not with him 24/7.”
As much as we may love our boyfriends and husbands, there are no real guarantees of fidelity. If your partner has even one act of unprotected sex outside the relationship, there is a chance he could contract HIV and bring it home to you. Black women are particularly vulnerable. Fewer than 15% of American women are black yet we account for nearly 70% of all female HIV infections. Our infection rate is 20 times that of white women.