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Tips Worth Knowing

Jacque Reid presents the “life. as we know it” panel series' top tips that every woman should know about life, love, and sex.

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Tips Worth Knowing
Tips Worth Knowing
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Jacque Reid presents the "life. as we know it" panel series' top tips that every woman should know about life, love, and sex.
Man's Perspective
Man's Perspective
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Jacque Reid brings you the top relationship tips from the "life. as we know it" male panelists: Tony Gaskins Jr., Rob Hill Sr., and Magic Johnson.
Tips from Dr. Rachael Ross
Tips from Dr. Rachael Ross
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Dr. Ross gives priceless advice and empowers women to make the right choices when it comes to life, love, and sex.
Part 1 - "PLAYERS"
Part 1 - "PLAYERS"
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Can you turn a player into a partner? Find the answer as our "life. as we know it" hosts, Demetria Lucas, Dr. Rachael Ross, and Jacque Reid discuss the question with Reed for Hope Ambassadors, model Eva Marcille and actress Naturi Naughton.
Part 2 - "LOVE YOURSELF"
Part 2 - "LOVE YOURSELF"
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Learn how to set your standards in dating. Watch our "life. as we know it" hosts, Demetria Lucas, Dr. Rachael Ross, and Jacque Reid discuss the topic with Reed for Hope Ambassadors, model Eva Marcille and actress Naturi Naughton.
Part 3 - "Q&A"
Part 3 - "Q&A"
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Watch as our panelists respond to Spelman College audience questions. Our "life.as we know it" hosts Demetria Lucas, Dr. Rachael Ross, and Jacque Reid and special guest Reed for Hope Ambassadors, actress Naturi Naughton and model Eva Marcille get down to the real deal about trusting your instincts and having the conversation.
Part 1 - "Mating Season"
Part 1 - "Mating Season"
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Check out relationships coach, Demetria Lucas, ESSENCE Magazine Relationships Editor, Charreah Jackson, and celebrity life coach, Tony Gaskins, Jr., as they share tips on handling the pressure of "Mating Season".
Part 2  - "Raising The Bar"
Part 2 - "Raising The Bar"
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Learn why celebrity life coach, Tony Gaskins, Jr., encourages women to have a "two strikes and you're out" rule when it comes to dating - with panel experts Demetria Lucas and Charreah Jackson.
Part 3 - "Having the Conversation"
Part 3 - "Having the Conversation"
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Relationships coach, Demetria Lucas, celebrity life coach, Tony Gaskins, Jr., and ESSENCE Magazine's Relationships Editor, Charreah Jackson, share tips on how to have the conversation about sex, dating, and HIV.
Video/Episode 1: Brother to Brother
Video/Episode 1: Brother to Brother
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In recognition of World AIDS Day, Magic Johnson and Reed for Hope, Love Healthy Ambassador, Pastor Toure Roberts share the importance of knowing your status, particularly men.
Video/Episode 2: Support Systems
Video/Episode 2: Support Systems
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Tune in as the panelist, Magic Johnson and Reed for Hope, Love Healthy Ambassador, Pastor Toure Roberts express the importance of unconditional love and support are essential in any relationship.
Video/Episode 3: Communication
Video/Episode 3: Communication
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Reed for Hope, Love Healthy Ambassador, LaLa Vasquez joins the ladies to delve in to girl talk about the importance of communication in intimate relationships.
Video/Episode 1: Inner Struggle, Outer Beauty
Video/Episode 1: Inner Struggle, Outer Beauty
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Being Mary Jane star Robinne Lee talks at the BET/Life as we know it panel event about what women can learn from the Being Mary Jane series.
Video/Episode 2: Blame Game
Video/Episode 2: Blame Game
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Catch Being Mary Jane star Robinne Lee and our panel experts Dr. Rachel Ross, Jacque Reid, Demetria L. Lucas debate who's at fault when it comes to cheating.
Video/Episode 3: Good Chemistry, Bad Decisions
Video/Episode 3: Good Chemistry, Bad Decisions
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Our panel experts Jacque Reid, Dr. Rachel Ross, Demetria L. Lucas and actress Robinne Lee talk about the benefit of "getting off" before you go out.
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 1: Dating
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 1: Dating
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Hear panel experts Demetria L. Lucas, Jacque Reed, Dr. Rachel Ross and Rob Hill Sr. discuss finding compatibility in a partner.
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 2: Why Us
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 2: Why Us
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Our panel discusses the importance of African American women taking control of their sex lives by simply asking the right questions.
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 3: A Guy's Perspective
Circle of Sisters Panel Part 3: A Guy's Perspective
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Watch our panelists dig into the male psyche, discuss bedroom boundaries, and share tips to having 'the conversation' with your man.
Blogalicious Panel Part 1: Be smart, safe and empowered
Blogalicious Panel Part 1: Be smart, safe and empowered
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Hear panel experts Demetria L. Lucas, Jacque Reed, Dr. Tosha Rogers-Jones, Telisha Ng tell it like it is about why there's no excuse to avoid talking about testing.
Blogalicious Panel Part 2: Risky Behaviors
Blogalicious Panel Part 2: Risky Behaviors
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You may be surprised by how easily you engage in risky behavior. Our experts share some surprising facts.
Blogalicious Panel Part 3: Having the conversation
Blogalicious Panel Part 3: Having the conversation
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Hear our panelists discuss the difference between trust and intimacy and how having this impacts having "the conversation".
Love Healthy (Hollywood) - Let's Test
Love Healthy (Hollywood) - Let's Test
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Celebrity and Industry Friends of Emmy Award Winning Casting Director Robi Reed at the 11th Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration benefiting the Reed For Hope Foundation. OraQuick is proud to support this charitable event and the foundation's Love Healthy - Let's Test Campaign. You can visit them at Reedforhope.org.

Demetria L. Lucas

Former Relationships Editor and dating columnist at Essence magazine, Demetria L. Lucas is the creator of the award-winning personal blog, ABelleInBrooklyn.com; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where she helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy relationships. Demetria is also the co-Star of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat & Heels.

Jacque Reid

Jacque Reid is a long-time journalist with a background in entertainment and news. Currently, Jacque can be seen daily as a co-host on NBC 4 New York's much celebrated celebrity and lifestyle show, New York Live.

Dr. Rachael Ross

Dr. Rachael Ross is a medical doctor and sexologist. She has been heralded by the Chicago Tribune as the next Dr. Ruth, and is an energetic, outspoken, no-holds-barred speaker, known for her open discussions about relationships, sex, abstinence for teenagers, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

What's coming between you and knowing your HIV status?

There are tons of reasons why your HIV status is not top-of-mind. Select the reason that applies to you.

I know my status. I get tested regularly.

Smart move. But if you have unprotected sex more frequently then you go to the doctor, you should test more regularly. So even if your annual check-up includes an HIV test, OraQuick gives you the confidence of knowing between doctor visits. OraQuick makes it convenient and easy to get the 411 on your status, using the same test healthcare professionals have used for years.

I don't think I'm at risk.

The fact of the matter is that African American women account for 64% of new HIV infections, even though they make up only 13% of the female population1. If you are having sex and not considering the risks, you're at risk. Testing is the only way to know your HIV status. And now you can test at home with OraQuick, the same test healthcare professionals have used for years.

I was going to make an appointment but haven't yet.

Now with OraQuick, the first FDA-approved in-home HIV test, you can test at your convenience in the privacy of your own home. Simply buy OraQuick at your local retailer or even order online and have it discreetly shipped to your home. It's the same test healthcare professionals have used for over a decade. Plus, we have trained representatives available 24/7, to give you the confidential support you need.

I'm afraid to know my status.

There are some things in life that are truly worth knowing. While an HIV diagnosis is a serious, life-changing event, it's also important to remember that HIV is manageable with early diagnosis. Knowing your status and where you stand is vital to you, your health, and those around you. Many people with HIV lead happy, long and productive lives. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.

 

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  • This product should not be used to make decisions on behavior that may put you at increased risk for HIV.

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