It’s World AIDS Day 2010 and Kelly Osbourne has a message she wants to get out — getting tested for HIV is not has hard as you think.
Kelly spoke with E! News today at Project Angel Food, a meal assistance program for people living with HIV and AIDS in the L.A. area and opened up about her experiences being tested for HIV.
Her first test was done when she was only 17 years old in order to get a green card and then more recently she was tested while her boyfriend was in the hospital.
“He was in the hospital getting his appendix taken out and they needed to test him and they were like, ‘Why don’t the both of you get tested?’ ” Kelly explained. “They have amazing ways to be tested now. They had this thing that they just swabbed the inside of our cheeks with and within 10 minutes they told us.”
While she has no reason to believes she had the virus, Kelly decided it was best to be informed.
“Now, it’s something that is part my yearly checkup with my doctor,” she said.
And Kelly hopes others will do the same.
“When people say things like, ‘It’s never going to happen to me or I’ll never get it,” they’re less inclined to protect themselves the way that they should,” she explained. “It’s so simple. All you have to do is wear a condom. It’s not like anyone is asking you to do something really difficult and hard.”
But that doesn’t mean Kelly carries them with her everywhere she goes.
“I have condoms,” she said. “But I’m not the kind of person who will go out with them because if I meet someone, it’s not like I’m just going to have sex with him the first time we meet.”