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I’m Every Woman: HIV Does Not Discriminate

By Gina Brown, Regional Organizer 

Last month in New Orleans, LA, AIDS United, NO/AIDS Task Force and Positive Women’s Network-USA collaborated on a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day program. There were 14 women and six NATF staff members present.  After dining on chicken marsala, spring mix, green beans, Au gratin potatoes and Bread Pudding for dessert, participants watched the movie, Life Support starring Queen Latifah and Gloria Reuben; there was not a dry eye in the house at the end of the movie.

The best part of the day was that some women showed up with a relative or friend. To be able to have an honest conversation about HIV was a 1st for some of the women. They spoke openly and honestly about their struggles and their victories, there was no shame in that room, only pride in the fact that they were there on NWGHAAD. The women whose status was not made public were told about the risk, the statistics for women; poor black and latina women were more likely to contract HIV than her white counterpart. Each woman received a gift bag that included; a diffuser, journal, pen, and three female condoms (FC2).

We discussed the FC2 in depth, including the material it’s made out of and how that material, nitrile, molds to the body and warms up quicker than the 1ST generation Female Condom. At the end of the program, we all went out onto the roof and released red balloons as we called out the 1st name of a woman that has been lost in this battle. Because of the myths about HIV and women, I charged each woman with taking the information they learned today back to people in their communities.

Sharing correct information is one of the ways we will get to an AIDS-Free Generation!

Posted By: By Gina Brown - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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