"All over Turtle Island, the Rez or City life, got this epidemic time to survive, "PrEPahHontoz urges with one of the most definitive lines of her new HIV awareness single, "Take the Pill". "Indigenous peoples have survived many epidemics in the past. HIV/AIDS will be another epidemic they will survive as well," proclaims the Two-Spirit performance artist. Proving that music is a form of prevention with her June 24th, 2017 single release, now available on i'Tunes.
PrEPahHontoz is a Native American spokesperson for PrEP, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness. A community often underserved and under-reported, PrEPahHontoz gives a voice to the Native American/First Nations/Indigenous communities in the PrEP and HIV movement. The mission of PrEPahHontoz is to promote awareness, sexual health education, and accessibility of PrEP efforts in more urban areas like NYC, many Two-Spirit individuals from Tribes across North America remain unaware of PrEP as an option for their HIV Prevention method arsenal.
Captivating audiences with her unique blend of Native American sign language, urban voguing, and tradition, PrEPahHontoz drives home HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in a way that is not only effective, but personal. Creating exciting performance art that Native and non-Native audiences alike can appreciate. "As Indigenous people, storytelling is an important part of our culture. Music is a way to convey stories and ideas in a fun engaging way." says the New York City resident, who is always cultivating innovative ways of honoring traditions in a modern world.
It's impossible not to stand in awe of her courage as PrEPahHontoz dismantles not only the stigma of HIV prevention, but also the stigma of this living with HIV. "Take the Pill", not only speaks to prevention, but empowers HIV positive individuals to maintain a healthy "POZ life Positive" lifestyle. "Silence perpetuates stigma and shame. What better way to vanquish that darkness than with the light that only music can shed, "PrEPahHontoz says of her artistic medium.
In an age where individuals are inundated with agendas, messaging and propaganda, PrEPahHontoz has a simple theory on creating content that cuts through the disingenuous nonsense, "I truly believe in the healing power of music. Where words fail, music speaks."
Content includes multiple visual communications: Native Sign Language - an education about ancestral old style dating protocols, Contemporary Lakota Digital Ledger Art Media, Dancing Laser Light Show to music, 2018 Winter Count "Tipi Project Winter", Multiple Youtube scenic video stills, and PrEPahHontoz Photos. Video produced by Tony Enos (Cherokee) and Sheldon Raymore (Sioux).
Check out the video for "Take The Pill." Click play below and listen
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The National HIV Strategy 2020 included Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among the recommended HIV Prevention Tools however the under-served and under-reported, American Indians/Alaskan Natives lack access to this information. Many challenges present themselves in a number of ways.
1. Encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and it's impact in their community;
2. Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities;
3. Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.
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PrEPahHontoz/Sheldon Raymore is an official HIV/AIDS Prevention Spokesperson/Community Educator/Advocate for AICH. The American Indian Community House provides services to at risk individuals, including PrEP/Pep referrals and preventative community level interventions. AICH also provides person's living with HIV/AIDS TASP services (adherance to medication as treatment), housing assistance, advocacy, and legal referrals.
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PrEPahHontoz/Sheldon Raymore joined the AIDS Institute Ending The Epidemic Native American Advisory Group. The goal of this advisory group is to develop specific implementation strategies in support of the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Blueprint recommendations. We want to prioritize and optimize the health needs of Native Americans across New York State. It has been noted that New York State Native American communities are underrepresented in the current data systems and in the conversations addressing Ending the Epidemic efforts.
(Formerly known as National Minority AIDS Council)
PrEPahHontoz/Sheldon Raymore is apart of NMAC's Native Constituent Advisory Panel (CAP) representing on behalf of the American Indian Community House and is committed to ending the epidemic.
Sponsored the PrEPahHontoz Tipi Project
Native People can prevent HIV/AIDS by TALKING about HIV/AIDS. Share your story or simply follow the script in the bubble to remind people, relatives, the government, or your neighbors that HIV/AIDS is still a threat to our communities. We all need to speak up and support those living with HIV/AIDS and continue to fight for health care. Together we can end HIV/AIDS.
"I am (name) from the (Tribe). This message is for Council members, government members and legislators. I believe that every Native person has the right to wellness and health. HIV testing and services for people living with HIV are needed all over Native America. I stand in solidarity!"
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