Trauma

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Third Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV, PWN-USA Demands End to Criminalization & Other Forms of Structural Violence

OCTOBER 21: Women with HIV simultaneously live with the effects of trauma resulting from interpersonal, community, and institutional violence. Studies have shown that the lifelong and compounding effects of these different forms of violence may have consequences far deadlier than the [...]

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 [...]

Help Make Trauma-Informed Care the Next Legacy of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennie Smith Camejo, jennie.sc.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 October 19, 2015 – Want trauma-informed care to be the next legacy of the Ryan White Program? So do we! Show your organization’s support by signing on now to these [...]

Join the 2nd Annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV, October 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Naina Khanna, nkhanna@pwn-usa.org / 510-681-1169 August 31, 2015 – For women living with HIV, trauma and violence are often deadlier than the virus. Join Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA), the premier voice of women leaders with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Advancing Collaborative and Shared Leadership and Participation Inclusive of Women Living with HIV

Remarks Delivered at the White House’s National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event, “Stepping Out of the Shadows: HIV & Violence against Women and Girls” By Vanessa Johnson, PWN-USA National Training and Leadership Director Vanessa Johnson, JD. [...]

Stepping Up Commitment: Women and Girls Living with HIV Must Matter Every Day of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174  March 10, 2015 – Each year, on March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed in the US. But at Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA), a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Services for Women and Youth with HIV Gutted Yet Again!

PWN-USA Responds to the President's Budget Proposal to Eliminate Ryan White Part D FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 February 3, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – This Groundhog Day, the forecast for women with HIV looks bleak. [...]

PWN-USA Applauds Federal Progress Addressing the Intersections of Violence Against Women, HIV, and Trauma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford - oford.pwnusa@gmail.com - 347.553.5174 October 10, 2014 - Today, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we congratulate the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on today's release of Updates on Efforts to Address the Intersections of HIV/AIDS, Violence [...]

2014-10-15T00:31:46+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Stigma, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|3 Comments

PWN-USA Congratulates UCSF Women’s Health Clinic on Landmark Study of Women, Trauma and HIV Disclosure

Contact: Olivia Ford - oford.pwnusa@gmail.com - 347.553.5174 July 16, 2014 – Last Friday, University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) researchers released study results that add to the growing body of literature surrounding healing from trauma as an essential component of HIV care for [...]

HIV Is Not a Crime: Images, Perspectives and Strategies from the Grinnell Gathering

Inclusion. Collaboration. Conflict resolution. Restorative justice. Nuance. Challenge. Coalition. Rage. Healing. Power. There was an energy in Grinnell, Iowa, last week as more than 150 dedicated advocates gathered for HIV Is Not a Crime: The Grinnell Gathering, from June 2-5, [...]

Healing in Order to Treat: Addressing Violence and Trauma to Improve Health Outcomes for Women With HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 510.333.4262 New York City, March 10, 2014 – Today, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Positive Women's Network - United States of America (PWN-USA) is Sharing Knowledge and Taking Action to [...]

From Recommendations to Action: Community Leaders Encourage Movement on Federal Goals Addressing Trauma, Violence, Women and HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com 510.681.1169 February 14, 2014, Washington, D.C. -- This Valentine’s Day, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy showed their love for women by formally launching the recommendations report of the Interagency Federal [...]

2014-02-17T19:58:44+00:00 February 17th, 2014|PWN-USA Communications, Trauma, Violence|0 Comments

PWN-USA’s 2014 – 2016 Strategic Plan

Every day, PWN-USA inspires, informs and mobilizes women living with HIV to advocate for changes that improve our lives and uphold our rights.  In 2013, we went through an extensive strategic planning process and listened to hundreds of stakeholders.  Over [...]

On World AIDS Day, Getting to Zero Discrimination: Women with HIV Call for an End to Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sonia Rastogi, sbrastogi@gmail.com December 1, 2013 Oakland, CA – “Violence takes many forms, including but not limited to physical and sexual violence. Violence includes laws that regulate our bodies and who we choose to love. Violence [...]

2013-12-01T09:00:12+00:00 December 1st, 2013|reproductive justice, Trauma, Violence, World AIDS Day|0 Comments

PWN-USA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

PWN-USA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV  To read full report click here Despite significant advances in treatment and reduction in infectiousness, people living with HIV continue to face discrimination in the health care system, [...]

PWN-USA Survey Finds Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of US WLHIV

This summer, as part of a project to assess the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women living with HIV in the US, PWN-USA launched a national survey. The survey was taken by nearly 200 women living [...]

Sneak Preview! Findings from a National Survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

UNSPOKEN: Sexuality, Romance, and Reproductive Freedom for Women Living with HIV in the United States Findings from a National Survey by Positive Women’s Network – United States of America (PWN-USA) Summary: To better understand the current experiences of women living [...]

Violence is the Fatal Flaw in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Getting to Zero for Women: Violence is the Fatal Flaw in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sonia Rastogi, positivewomensnetworkusa@gmail.com, (408) 306-6805 November 28, 2012, Oakland, CA – Data released in 2012 shows a shocking correlation between violence, [...]