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Jinkx Monsoon Joins HuffPost Live to Talk About OraQuick
May 8, 2014 

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Artist Luke James Discusses the Importance of Health and Love
May 6, 2014

Health messages can sometimes fall on deaf ears. But when an artist sends the message, it can add some serious bump to it and makes a better impression on an audience. At a recent event at The Park on Fourteenth, Grammy-nominated R&B artist Luke James performed songs about love.

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USA Today
Blue Ivy's Babysitter? It's Not R&B Singer Luke James
May 3, 2014  

Beyonce and Jay Z just announced their plans to perform as a duo this summer for the On The Run Tour. But, before this latest excursion, she ran the world – literally – during her epic, yearlong Mrs. Carter Show Tour.

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The 9 Biggest Misconceptions About STDs
April 22, 2014

Dr. Rachael Ross, family doctor, sexologist and host of "The Doctors", tells Cosmo that you can't get an STD from a toilet seat. But from a hot tub? Yep.

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Serious Question: When’s The Last Time You Asked Your Friends About Getting Tested?
April 6, 2014

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’m pretty sure you’re aware HIV/AIDS is affecting African American women at an alarming rate. I’m also going to assume you, the reader, are an African American woman and you probably have some African American friends who are also aware of this trend. What I’m not certain of, though, is whether you’re serious about doing anything about it.

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Pretty Pink Living
Life As We Know Event Sponsored by Essence & OraQuick
March 25, 2014

Essence and OraQuick hosted an event here in Houston where guests were invited to discuss relationship questions with Relationship Coach and Blogger Demetria of a Belle in Brooklyn and Blood, Sweat, and Heels, relationship coach Tony Gaskin, and Charreah Jackson, Relationship Editor for Essence Magazine. I loved hearing the different answers that each one of the panelist had regarding the many difficult things that come up in relationships. It was mostly women who attended the event and it was kind of funny to hear the questions they had. I learned alot.

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Out inJersey
Ross Mathews is a Spokesperson and Inspiration To Many
March 26, 2014

For every little boy hoping for Hollywood success, Ross Mathews can be looked at as the ultimate inspiration. From small town beginnings to the red carpets of Hollywood, Ross has gone from "Ross the Intern" on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to hosting his own show on E!. I sat down with Ross to chat about his new partnership with OraQuick, the second season of "Hello Ross", and who he loved the most on the red carpet this season.

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Dr. Rachael Ross Shares Tips for Safer Sex
March 19, 2014

Because March has a day dedicated completely to girls and ladies getting tested for HIV, it’s a perfect time to chat about safer sex and why it’s so important to know both you and your partner’s HIV status. Below are some basic dating/intimacy rules that I not only teach, but I also live by.

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Magic Johnson Promotes HIV/AIDS awareness on the SHMS [EXCLUSIVE]
March 18, 2014

NBA Legend Magic Johnson was recently on the Steve Harvey morning show talking about his survival of HIV through early detection and the importance of African Americans getting tested or using in-home oral HIV test OraQuick, based on the same test healthcare professionals have used for years.

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Ross Mathews Talks Humble Beginnings, Season 2 Of ‘Hello Ross’
February 28, 2014

Ross Mathews became a household name when he began working as a correspondent for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Ross The Intern now owns the red carpet and has his own late night talk show, but his start came from a much more humble place than the bright lights of Los Angeles.

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My Health is Beautiful
OraQuick & What it Means for Girls and Women
February 26, 2014

By now you may have heard of OraQuick, an over the counter in-home HIV test. Anyone can buy it and anyone who is sexually active should. This home test not only allows for an increase in privacy but it also lessens people’s apprehension about getting tested. You no longer have to schedule an appointment and wait for hours to be seen by a health professional. The test is reliable; however, I must note that there is a chance a person could receive a “false positive” result. This means that someone who has HIV may receive results that say otherwise. This does not happen often but it doesn’t hurt to get a 2nd opinion.

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Ross Mathews Dishes on Season 2 of 'Hello Ross' Premiering Tonight & Announces Surprise New Endorsement
February 21, 2014

The last time we spoke to Ross Mathews as an Instinct Leading Man, we coined him as "TV personality and newly minted talk show host." But he's not new anymore and to many's surprise—right on the precipice of his season 2 premiere hit E! TV show, Hello Ross—he's taking a bold step outside of his comedic comfort zone and backing a new product to help fight the war on HIV/AIDS. We sat down with Ross to get the scoop, not only on his surprise new endorsement, but also on season 2 of Hello Ross and what the jack of all trades is up to.

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Yahoo! Shine
Ross Mathews: The Celebrity Who Made Unwanted Advances on Me
February 21, 2014

Ross Mathews turned his obsession with pop culture into a career. Now, he's connecting superfans with their favorite celebrities on his E! show, "Hello Ross." "On our show I try to do something different with celebs in ways you haven't seen them before", he explains.


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What Are the Screening Tests for HIV Infection?
February 20, 2014

Experts agree that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing is essential in stopping the spread of the disease. There are three main types of HIV tests: antibody tests, RNA tests, and a combination test. All tests are designed to detect HIV-1, which is overwhelmingly the most common type of HIV in the United States.

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Houston Chronicle
Get Tested for HIV, Says Black Women's Advocate
February 19, 2014

Demetria L. Lucas is a popular blogger (A Belle in Brooklyn), a guest columnist for numerous publications, star of the Bravo channel reality show "Blood Sweat and Heels" and public speaker, but she's also a staunch advocate for women protecting themselves from contracting HIV.

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The Better Show
Ross Mathews Shares His Emotions About Jay Leno’s Departure From Late Night TV
February 18, 2014

Ross Mathews talks about Jay Leno leaving late night TV. Ross also comments on his new book, and HIV testing at home.

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The View
Ross Mathews Discusses OraQuick and His New Book
February 17, 2014

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Huffington Post Gay Voices
Ross Mathews Teams Up With OraQuick's 'Life. As We Know It.' HIV Prevention Campaign
February 14, 2014

TV personality Ross Mathews has announced a new partnership that aims to curtail rates of HIV through an easy and accessible at-home test.

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Black America Web
Magic Johnson Sets Record Straight On His HIV Status
February 14, 2014

For eons tongues have been wagging about former NBA superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson and how he has managed to look so healthy and have so much vigor despite being diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Now the mega-entrepreneur has finally decided to put an end to the whispers surrounding his health. On Tuesday, Johnson appeared on Sirius XM's HipHopNation to explain how he has not been cured of the virus via some magic juju, according to TMZ.

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am New York
Ross Mathews' Love Taking Flight This Valentine's Day
February 13, 2014

Ross Mathews' heart will be soaring high this Valentine's Day.

The host of E!'s “Hello Ross!” plans to clink glasses and eat toasted nuts with stylist beau Salvador Camarena as they fly from New York to Los Angeles.

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Renada Romain
Magic Johnson Explains OraQuick Home HIV Test
February 12, 2014

Magic encourages the OraQuick: In-Home HIV Test to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS, and explains how it works with Renada Romain.


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Sway's Universe
Magic Johnson Speaks on HIV/AIDS, His Son "Coming Out of the Closet" & Who's the Best Today in NBA
February 11, 2014

It's Black History month, so it's only right that we have the great and legendary Earvin “Magic” Johnson stop by Sway in the Morning!

We applaud Magic for being open about being HIV positive, and introducing OraQuick (available over the counter at local drug stores) to us - an in-home HIV test.

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106 & Park: BET Top 10 Live
Magic Johnson Urges Us to Get Tested
February 10, 2014

See what the NBA legend and entrepreneur had to say about Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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World Star Hip Hop
Magic Johnson Interview On The Breakfast Club
February 10, 2014

Magic Johnson stops through to discuss why he decided to come out about having HIV, his son being gay, could Lebron and Kobe play in the league where he played and more.

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World Star Hip Hop
Magic Johnson Interview On The Hot 97 Morning Show
February 8, 2014

Magic Johnson visits Hot 97's Morning Show to speak about how he’s been able to live with HIV for so long, OraQuick and the importance of testing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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The Black Eagle
Magic Johnson Discusses AIDS Awareness Day
February 7, 2014

Joe Madison, "The Black Eagle" at Eagle's Nest Studios, interviewed NBA legend, entrepreneur and activist Magic Johnson. Johnson stopped in at the Eagle’s Nest to discuss AIDS awareness day. Magic also has teamed with OraQuick, and is offering the first in-home oral HIV test, for the "Life As We Know It" campaign to shake up the conversation about HIV testing.

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The Root
How to Ask Your Man to Get an HIV Test
February 6, 2014

“I am ready to have sex with a guy I am dating, and I want to do the right thing and get tested [for HIV] first. I don’t know how to bring it up though. I tried to discuss getting tested with a man I dated before him. He was taking me to an appointment and there was a testing center nearby. I suggested on a whim that we get tested and he freaked out. He said he didn’t need to be tested and it was like I was telling him that I didn’t trust him. How can I avoid this happening again?” —Y.F.

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Harlem World
The 14th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 1, 2014

What You Need to Know This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

“If Black America were its own country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people with HIV — ahead of Ethiopia, Botswana, and Haiti.” - Black AIDS Institute HIV and AIDS.

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Everyday Health
5 Home Medical Tests That May Save You a Trip to the Doctor
January 28, 2014

There are two home HIV tests on the market, the most popular of which is Oraquick from Orasure. Just swab your gum and you'll have an HIV-status result in 20 to 40 minutes.

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Safer Sex Advice from Dr. Rachael Ross
January 21, 2014

Safer sex is everything. It really is. And in the age where people are unknowingly being infected with STDs and HIV, safer sex is the only thing. To prove my point I have enlisted the help of a "sexpert" to explain how safer sex eases the mind and makes intimacy ten times more fun.

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Dr. Rachael Ross Shares Sexual Health Resolutions
January 15, 2014

If you’re like most people, then you probably made a New Year’s resolution or two. Perhaps it has something to do with your finances. Or, maybe, you’re more concerned about losing weight and improving your health.

But what about your sexual health?

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VIBE Vixen
BET Hosts Panel on Love, Sex, and Relationships For ‘Being Mary Jane’ Premiere
January 9, 2014

OraQuick and BET hosted an exclusive Being Mary Jane premiere party with cast member, Robinne Lee Tuesday evening (January 7) in New York City. But before the screening, Jacque Reid hosted a real discussion on life, sex, love with Demetria Lucas, Dr. Rachael Ross, and shared the importance of taking care of ourselves before our partners.

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The Young, Black, and Fabulous
“Life As We Know It”
January 9, 2014

Bravo TV "Blood, Sweat and Heels" reality star and author Demetria Lucas, Jacque Reid, Dr. Rachael Ross and actress Robinne Lee posed for a picture before the OraQuick for "Life As We Know It" in NYC yesterday evening. This special panel series was about relationships and an advance screening of BET Networks "Being Mary Jane" at The Crosby Hotel in NYC!

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Juicy Magazine
‘Being Mary Jane’ Star Robinne Lee Says She Wouldn’t Be As Forgiving As Her Character
January 9, 2014

Last week, Being Mary Jane cast member ROBINNE LEE was joined by renowned news anchor and journalist JACQUE REID, author and relationship expert DEMETRIA LUCAS and Dr. RACHEL ROSS to host a panel discussion and screening of BET’s new scripted series, Being Mary Jane.

During the discussion panel that covered a range of topics including love, sex, and infidelity, LEE, who stars as OMARI HARDWICKS wife, discovers her husband is having an affair in the series.

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Fashion Bomb Daily
Demetria Lucas Attends BET Networks “Life As We Know It”
January 8, 2014

TV personality/author Demetria Lucas attended BET Networks “Life As We Know It”, a special panel series about relationships and an advance screening of the program “Being Mary Jane” at The Crosby Hotel.

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