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Hi my name is Yvonne and I’m 24. I’m your average young professional in Atlanta. I have a boyfriend, I am HIV negative and I want to stay that way. Speaking out and using my voice about HIV and AIDS is really important because not only do I want to respect myself and respect my partner, I want my girlfriends to be safe, I want my family to be safe. I would definitely tell any girlfriend you know okay well make sure you got your condoms on you. Not to sound corny or anything but that kind of thing is important and I think that we should have that in conversation casually. It’s something that we have to take seriously just because there are so many people out there walking around not knowing that they’re infected. This is something that can happen to you. If you’re having sex, go ahead and get tested. Respect yourself and respect your partner. It’s as simple as that I’ve got a long life ahead of me. I have dreams. There are so many things that I want to do and accomplish and with small steps like getting tested and taking care of myself in general, that’s what’s gonna allow me to be able to do those things.

As a young professional woman, Yvonne has a lot that she wants to accomplish. She doesn’t want HIV/AIDS to get in her way.