25-year-old transwomen Prada from Houston, TX, talks to the CDC's Act Against AIDS project about why she's #DoingIt in the name of HIV awareness and prevention.
We're sharing this and several other stories and videos to help promote the first-ever National Transgender HIV Testing Day - which is Monday, April 18, 2016.
"Getting tested is fundamental," Prada explains."Being black, being with a stigma, being trans, it's a big thing."
"Just knowing that I have the power to know my status, it's something that you try to maintain," she says. "You try to stay negative, keep getting tested. It's a learning experience."
"And it doesn't matter if you don't have friends or family, there's always a support system, a support group that you can reach out to," she adds.
Prada's message closes on a powerful note: "I did it because I am not afraid. I am brave. I am transgender and I love myself."
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