We believe that there is nothing more sexy than confidence; confidence in yourself, in your partners and in the bedroom. The only way for us to get that confidence is to know our HIV status. Whether you’re negative or positive, knowing your status is always sexy.
The statussexy mission is to increase HIV testing by decreasing the stigma around HIV, and empowering our community to make that happen on multiple levels. StatusSexy.com is a place for young men to get connected to resources and to talk openly and honestly about HIV.
Statussexy.com started as a grassroots movement to increase testing and decrease the stigma around HIV for young men. This site is a place to get the facts on HIV and express ourselves as the generation that has only known the world with HIV/AIDS as a part of it. No matter the outcome of the test, the status will be sexy because knowing your status is sexy.
Akilah is a public health professional with extensive experience in practical and research-based work with persons living with HIV, both domestically and abroad. Particularly interested in the way HIV/AIDS affects marginalized populations, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of those communities. Akilah early on, developed a passion for understanding cultural differences in the context of health care. She has close to a decade of experience working with marginalized populations of color.
With a bachelors in Anthropology and a Masters of Public Health degree, Akilah has robust knowledge in understating and implementing evidence-based programming. Akilah currently serves as the Interim Vice President of Community Research and Advocacy where she oversees the newly formed Community Research and Innovations Department. This department manages the organizations community-based research endeavors, statewide HIV/STD hotline and mobilization project Status Sexy.
While acknowledging how far health care has come, she also understands how far it has to go. She believes there is no rigid formula for delivering health care; rather, each situation must be examined through an individualized holistic lens and considered in the context of our many diverse differences. Akilah looks forward to continuing to utilize her knowledge to implement community-lead best practices to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV and affected by HIV.
Ka’Juan Hill is a Community Outreach Specialist at UNIFIED-HIV Health and Beyond were he uses his passion for public speaking and HIV to develop innovative sex-positive outreach strategies to reach communities of color. Currently pursuing a degree in media broadcasting, Ka’Juan aspires to be Television host. Prior to this role, Ka’Juan saw the many issues plaguing his community where HIV prevalence is at its highest—among MSM so he educated himself and developed a strong social media following with his candid delivery. Using social media as a tool he built a platform amongst the community reaching people in large numbers speaking on the topics of safe sex and risk reduction. With having such a large following and respect in the LGBT community becoming a Community Outreach Specialist was a natural fit. Ka’Juan understands the importance of his work and strives to provide safe sex awareness to those hard to reach population through condom distribution, community talk, events, and bar outreach Ka’Juan’s true focus are communities in need and he works diligently to come up with creative ways to encourage people to get tested and know their status-- because knowing your status is sexy.