As a young woman living with AIDS, let me first say I personally didn’t feel any type of way about the subject being brought up in Temptation. People are saying Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) was not with Brice ( Lance Gross) in the end because she contracted HIV. I did not see it that way, the way I saw it was that Judith had royally messed this guy over. Judith broke his heart and probably lost his trust and Lord let’s not talk about what she did to his pride, cheating with someone especially men is not something that many can just get over. Judith and Brice were supposed to be really good friends, childhood friends that would not disrespect each other and above all loyalty was key. The ending was open for interpretation and our minds can lead us in different directions. Because I am a person who sees the glass half full when many see it has half empty, I did not think that the characters went separate ways because she was HIV positive.
I can say that I am happy the subject was brought up because 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth ages 13 to 24 years, right now in the US 76,400 young people (13-24) are living with #HIV, about 1,000 per month, are infected with HIV. 60% of all youth, with HIV do not know they are infected, are not getting treated, and are unknowingly pass the virus on to others. Temptation did something that we are missing. Entertainment often makes sex look all beautiful and fun; go have sex with whoever you want and double back to your original partner with no consequences. This isn’t reality, the reality is you could possibly contract an incurable disease and maybe infect someone you love. In a self-indulgent society were we want instant satisfaction without thinking about consequences. Temptation makes people think about the choices they make and how it can affect the people we love. At the end of day Judith made choices that affected her in more ways than she could have imagined. Hopefully people will start thinking about their actions and their health. I can’t help but to think maybe people are just reaching and want something to go off on Tyler Perry about. People are saying Mr. Perry is addressing HIV/AIDS as if it is some sort of punishment and like life is completely gloomy after diagnosis.
Prevention and awareness is important, we are dealing with a double edged sword here. We must educate one group of non-infected individuals about the reality of this disease; which I can say myself is nothing easy or a walk in the park without sending those with the HIV/AID into depression with the delivery. AIDS is not the death sentence it once was, people are living longer with full lives, families and relationships. Anyone living with HIV/AIDS is encouraged to seek and maintain care. On treatment a person has less than a 3% chance of passing HIV unto their partner. HIV positive women can now have children without passing HIV unto their child. There is hope after a positive test but going on to say that doesn’t mean people should go out not practicing safe sex or maintain monogamous relationships. Living with HIV/AIDS is not as simple as taking one pill a day.
I honestly do not think as an HIV/AIDS community, we will ever think anyone person can get it right. When it comes to spreading awareness we all have different delivery methods because we all have different stories.
HIV/AIDS is not a punishment but it can be a consequence of our actions or the actions of others.
2014 Research and Hope Awardee
Hydeia Broadbent was honored at the 2014 PhRMA Research and Hope Awards for Excellence in Visibility and Progress.
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The world has seen me grow from a gifted little girl to a woman with a passion and mission to make sure each and everyone of us is aware of our HIV status as well as the status of our sexual partners. For those living with HIV/AIDS, please know life is never over until you take your last breath! We are responsible for the choices we make and I challenge everyone to be accountable…
MARCH 10th - National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
MARCH 20th - National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
MAY 18th - HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
MAY 19th - National Asian &; Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
JUNE 8th - Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
JUNE 27th - National HIV Testing Day
SEPTEMBER 18th - National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
SEPTEMBER 27th - National Gay Mens HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
OCTOBER 15th - National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
DECEMBER 1st - World AIDS Day