WE LOVE SOAPS TV: Seeing you here is inspiring for me. I work for an agency doing recruitment for HIV Vaccine Trials in Union Square. I go out to bars and clubs and other events to talk to people about the trials. I often find that younger people don’t seem to know much or care much about HIV.
Kristen Alderson: My friend has HIV so it’s very close to my heart. And her mother died of it. So I’ve known about it for awhile. She is one of my very close friends. It’s a very serious subject that I think a lot of people need to be more aware of.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV: I agree. What would you say to a younger person who thinks this disease doesn’t affect them, or that it was something that happened to the older generation?
Kristen Alderson: It definitely affects everyone. It goes along the line with teenage pregnancy. I’ve worked very close to that. So, “Use protection. Be safe. Not just because you don’t want to get pregnant, but because of HIV and all the other STD’s. It’s very very important and serious.”
Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Therapist now accepting new clients in New York City. He is also the author of the popular book "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve." For more information about scheduling an appointment, please email him at Shouldless@gmail.com.