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HOUchella "Know Your Status" Pool Party

More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with aids and one out of every seven person isn’t aware that they are living with the disease. In an effort to spread awareness, encourage people to get tested, and learn their status, The Impulse Group hosted its first Houston initiative, HOUchella at Cle’ Houston on Saturday August 4,2018.

The Impulse Group is a social advocacy for the aids health care foundation. In essence they are “the sexy, fun, and social side of HIV education treatment,” says Marketing Director, Rig Rush. “The purpose of the pool party is to make a big splash in the community to let people know that we are here to support, affirm, and build relationships.” “We don't let your serostatus or your social economic status get in the way or hinder your experience.”

Although we don't know how the name “HOUchella” was chosen, I’m going to assume it has something to do with Queen Beyoncé. She is from Houston and no one will ever top her 2018 Coachella performance which was renamed “Beychella.”

Riggs says, “it was the local marketing department idea and it was fantastic; clearly it bought everybody to the yard.”

There were many notable guest in attendance which included the likes of : best friends and internet sensations TiTi and Lala, Love & Hip Hop’s Tokyo Vanity, Black Ink Crew’s tattoo artist Kevin Laroy, DJ SuperStar who provided the tunes, and former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson.

HIV is transmitted through contact with blood, semen, and genital fluids. That is why knowing your status and the status of the person you are engaging in intercourse is very important. If you are having unprotected sex your chances of contracting HIV are higher.

Although gay and bisexual men are the ones most affected by HIV/ Aids virus, there is a stigma surrounding the LGBT and heterosexual community when it comes down to who and how a person can contract HIV. For example there are some people who believe that the disease is synonymous and exclusively for gay men.

Kevin Laroy from VH1’s Black Ink Crew wants people to understand that anyone who is practicing -unprotected sex is at risk. “People feel like only gay people can contract HIV/Aids when realistically, it's a human disease.” “I think that everyone should practice safe sex. Everyone needs to practice knowing who you are dealing with everyone needs to get tested not just gay people.”

Here are social media superstars, TiTi & LaLa speaking on the importance of knowing your status. Be sure to check out their Fear Factor episode "Breaking The Internet" premiering Wednesday August 8, 2018 on MTV.

I also had the opportunity to chat with VH1's Love & Hip Hop Atlanta break out star Tokyo Vanity about what its like holding on to your virginity in an over sexualized world check it out below,

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