Intersectionality

HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their Declaration of Liberation

The Framework to Build a Racially Just and Strategic HIV Movement Addresses Root Causes of the Epidemic and Lights a New Way Forward **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contacts: Naina Khanna, (510) 681-1169; nkhanna@pwn-usa.org Charles Stephens, (404) 550-4697; charles.stephens@counternarrative.org November 9, 2017: What could radical leadership look like [...]

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA Announce Scholarships for HIV Is Not A Crime III

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contact: Ken Pinkela, ken.pinkela@seroproject.com or Jennie Smith-Camejo jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org November 1, 2017: Sero Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are thrilled to announce the opening of scholarship applications for HIV Is Not A Crime III National Training Academy, being [...]

Today Is Our 4th Annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. Here’s What You Can Do.

October 23, 2017 Did you know? Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women. Data also shows that women of trans experience, [...]

Positive Women’s Network – USA Launches #PWNCares, an Interactive New Multimedia Series Connecting Women with HIV and Addressing Their Biggest Challenges

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 13, 2017 Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347.553.5174 The new initiative, featuring a series of short videos in which real women living with HIV address important topics, followed by virtual coffee table chats offering real-time conversation and Q&A, will launch [...]

Disparities in Health Outcomes, Barriers to Care Are About More Than Just Access

Updated Sept. 10 September 8, United States Conference on AIDS, 2017. Washington, D.C.: Black men wait 32% longer to cross the street than white men, according to a study from Portland, Oregon. Males in their 20s, identically dressed, had very distinct [...]

Our Resistance Recess Toolkit Has Lots of Ideas and Resources to Take Action This August Recess!

August 8: We did it! Through people power, we killed the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act! At least for now, and just by one vote. We have lots of work ahead of us. All members of Congress are home for the August [...]

This May Day, Join the HIV Community Movement for Expanded Sanctuary

A Joint Statement from Counter Narrative Project, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Positive Women’s Network – USA, TransLatin@ Coalition, Treatment Action Group, the US People Living with HIV Caucus and Venas Abiertas Leer en español aquí you have to understand, that [...]

On #NWGHAAD, PWNers Assert and Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

March 16, 2017: For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD), PWNers from coast to coast hosted and participated in events, in person and online, raising awareness and educating our communities about HIV and its impact on women and girls and [...]

On #NWGHAAD, We Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

March 10, 2017: Today is National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day. In honor of the approximately 300,000 women living with HIV in the United States, please join Positive Women's Network - USA in asserting and celebrating the bodily autonomy of [...]

#WhyWeMarch: Toward Liberation and Justice

Art by Jennifer Maravillas January 20, 2017: Today, a thin-skinned, authoritarian narcissist who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes is being sworn into the highest office in the United States, and arguably the most powerful position [...]

Trans Resilience & Resistance in Changing Times

November 18, 2016: Transgender Day of Remembrance—or Transgender Day of Resilience, to give full credit to the power, strength, creativity and determination our brothers and sisters of trans experience have shown in the face of relentless persecution—is observed November 20 of [...]

I (Still) Believe that We Will Win.

November 15, 2016: Today, we grieve. Tomorrow, we fight. Resistance in the face of terror is nothing new for our communities. Our bodies are transgressive: Black, brown, and otherwise pigmented; queer; HIV-containing; border-crossing. Our bodies and those of our ancestors have [...]

PWN-USA Colorado Leads Activist Group in Winning Overhaul of Discriminatory, Outdated Laws

Activists with Senator Steadman, Rep. Daneya Esgar and Governor Hickenlooper at the bill signing Monday, June 6, 2016. Photo credit: Thomas Bogdan  ** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Contact:  Barb Cardell, CO Mod Squad Co-Chair, Barb@barbcardell.com 303-946-2529 June 8, 2016 – Colorado brought [...]

PWN-USA Colorado Leads Successful Effort to Repeal HIV Criminalization Statutes

Photo credit: Victoria Law; from thebody.com May 13, 2016: A Colorado team known as the "CO Mod Squad," led by PWN-USA Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health, [...]

10 Days Until Huntsville! Speakers and Program Highlights Announced for the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy

May 6, 2016: In just a little over a week, the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy will convene at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. There is still time to register to train alongside committed advocates building [...]

Present a Session at the PWN-USA SPEAK UP! Summit

March 31, 2016: Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) is thrilled to announce our call for session proposals for SPEAK UP! A National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV 2016. We invite proposals for various types of sessions (affinity groups, [...]

Groundbreaking Report Identifies Unique Needs of Women Living with HIV, Challenges to Engagement in Care

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347-553-5174  March 10, 2016 - “What would improve your ability to stay in care?” That is the fundamental question 14 researchers, all women living with HIV, asked 180 participants from seven different geographic areas [...]

The Epidemic Among Black Women Requires More than Rhetoric

PWN-USA Statement for National Black HIV Awareness Day by Vanessa Johnson and Waheedah Shabazz-El Black Americans have endured an exceptionally brutal history which complicates our present and challenges our future. Torn from our native land--the continent that gave birth to humankind--we have [...]

Reproductive Rights Must Be Part of Our Battle

Positive Women’s Network - USA Statement on World AIDS Day 2015 Dec 1, 2015 - Just four days ago, an atrocious act of terror was perpetrated against Planned Parenthood, an essential source of healthcare for working and low-income women, men [...]

“We Gonna Be Alright”: An HIV Activist at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening

By Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Director of Regional Organizing   Introduction Waheedah Shabazz-El. “Unapologetically Black” was a major theme amongst more than 1,500 Black activists and organizers in attendance at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening, held [...]

"We Gonna Be Alright": An HIV Activist at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening

By Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Director of Regional Organizing   Introduction Waheedah Shabazz-El. “Unapologetically Black” was a major theme amongst more than 1,500 Black activists and organizers in attendance at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening, held [...]

PWN-USA Salutes Progress and Identifies Opportunities for Women in the New National HIV/AIDS Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford@pwn-usa.org / 347-553-5174 July 31, 2015 –Yesterday, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) unveiled the newest version of the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS, or Strategy), updated to 2020. Positive Women’s Network – [...]

Organizational Sign-on Statement in Response to Michael Johnson Sentencing

Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Michael L. Johnson Counter Narrative Project, Positive Women’s Network (PWN-USA), HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, National Center for Lesbian Rights On Monday July 13, 2015, Michael L. Johnson was sentenced to 30½ years in prison (a [...]

Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Vote for the Recommendations Most Vital to Women with HIV!

Can you believe it's been almost FIVE YEARS since the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released in July 2010? The NHAS is a plan created under President Obama to comprehensively address the domestic HIV epidemic. The first NHAS included [...]

We Stand with Michael Johnson: HIV Is Not a Crime

HIV and Justice Organizations Stand with Michael Johnson and All Black Gay Men, and Condemn Laws Criminalizing HIV-Positive Status As organizations committed to human rights, social justice, and dignity for people living with and vulnerable to HIV, we release this [...]

PWN-USA Teams with Healthcare Providers to Release New Model for Trauma-Informed Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford – oford@pwn-usa.org – 347.553.5174 May 6, 2015 – Today, Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA), a national membership body of women with HIV, is proud to announce the release of a new model for [...]

Women with HIV Must Be a Priority in the Next US National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Download a PDF version of this document. The next National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) must include factors vital to the survival and well-being of women living with HIV. Women continue to account for nearly a third of the estimated 1.2 million [...]

I'm Feelin' Like a Criminal: Why the Law Won’t Stop the Spread of HIV

By Loren Jones, PWN-USA Board Member Loren Jones. Some of us, due to our chance assignment from birth to certain races, genders, and classes, have pretty much been outlaws all our lives. And now, here we go; another [...]

I’m Feelin’ Like a Criminal: Why the Law Won’t Stop the Spread of HIV

By Loren Jones, PWN-USA Board Member Loren Jones. Some of us, due to our chance assignment from birth to certain races, genders, and classes, have pretty much been outlaws all our lives. And now, here we go; another [...]

Bringing Visibility to Same-Gender-Loving Women This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Penny DeNoble, PWN-USA Member Penny DeNoble. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, is the 10th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. As social, community, and government groups across the nation prepare to bring awareness to the susceptibility that [...]

Do All Black Lives Matter?

On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Amplifying the Voices of Women, Youth, and Transgender Women FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 February 7, 2015 – This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), Black women remain 20 times [...]