#NWGHAAD2019: Prevention starts with me!

The theme of this year’s #NWGHAAD, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is “HIV prevention starts with me.” This theme is an important reminder about personal accountability in a culture that often demonizes people living with HIV and AIDS, especially women, girls, and LGBTQ people.

Criminalization of people living with HIV and AIDS is starting to receive rightful pushback, especially in California. However, there is a long history of blaming those people living with HIV for spreading the virus, when in reality, it is all of our responsibility to protect ourselves from HIV and AIDS. It is too easy for HIV-negative individuals to cast blame and shame, rather than take responsibility for their own health. 

On an individual level, HIV prevention starts with knowing your status to ensure that you are not in a position to spread the virus. This can be accomplished in a lot of ways; for instance, a positive person could be taking antiretroviral medication to manage their viral load, and hopefully achieving an undetectable status. If a negative person feels that they might be at risk for acquiring HIV through sexual activity or needle use, they can look into PrEP. And of course, everyone should always practice safe sex – use condoms and make sure to get  tested regularly.

This means that HIV prevention starts with information. For women and girls who are unsure about where to go for information about HIV, AIDS, and STIs, WORLD is always available. We’ll also be hosting our 3rd annual “Let’s Talk About Sex” event next Thursday at Humanist Hall in honor of #NWGHAAD. Featuring workshops, games, music, food, and a lot of fun, this free event is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn how to advocate for your own sexual wellness.  Tickets are always FREE, but space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible. 

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Upcoming webinar in honor of Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

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#NBHAAD2019: Together for Love

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Our post last year discussed the many ways in which Black Americans have been disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS, and implored reflection on the societal barriers that prevent those affected from getting the support that they need.  Given the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on Black […]

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PWN Cares – Upcoming “Dating with HIV” Webinar featuring WORLD Staff!

Positive Women’s Network is kicking off 2019 with the 6th installment of their PWNCares multimedia series by and for women living & dating with HIV. 5 awesome, dynamic women living with HIV, including trans, cis, queer and heterosexual women, share their experiences with dating, romance, and sex post-diagnosis.  The full video launches on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, […]

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Upcoming Sister Circle Meeting!

  Calling all my sisters! It’s a new year, and Sister Circle is still going strong. Our group, open to trans women living with HIV, is at WORLD house every 4th Saturday of the month (so mark your calendars for January 26th)!

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Congratulations to Black AIDS Institute and Raniyah Copeland!

This month, Black AIDS Institute named Raniyah Copeland as their new President and CEO. Raniyah Copeland has been with Black AIDS Institute for over 10 years, doing incredible work to fight the impacts of HIV and AIDS in the Black community, who are vastly disproportionately affected by the virus. We are inspired by her intersectional approach […]

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