Be safe. Be smart. Use condoms.

In my real life world, outside of Becky Moore Contemporary Romance Author, I’m a crusader against HIV/AIDS. I worked for years as a grantwriter and public affairs officer for the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina, where we worked to link and keep clients in care, provided housing, faith ministries, nutrition, testing, education and counseling to thousands of North Carolinians every year.

Regardless of where your political views lie, big changes are on the rise in the way women (and men and children, too) will access healthcare. I love reading and writing romance novels. I appreciate the fantasy where any exciting, daring, disasterous, crazy things can happen in the lives of our heroes and heroines and at the end of the day, love prevails. Man, what a great escape into the literary realm from the sadness, war, famine, terrorism, and crime that bombards us from every news outlet imaginable.

But life is not a romance novel. Every choice you make has consequences–good, bad or indifferent–and not every consequence brings you a happy ending.



I’m the first to admit that I am a huge optimistic idealist … but in very practical matters, I am very realistic. And the most realistic choice you should make is to wear condoms. Condom use does not provide absolute protection against disease or pregnancy, but it certainly is effective in stopping the spread of disease and reducing unplanned pregnancy. The sexiest characters around, whether it’s in books or in real life, are safe, smart and educated. Neither your health, nor your partner’s, is not worth the gamble.

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