Women-centered Care

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 [...]

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 [...]

Honoring the Legacy of the Obama Administration on HIV

December 1, 2016: This #WorldAIDSDay, Positive Women’s Network - USA honors President Obama’s legacy in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic. Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has advanced essential human rights protections for people living with HIV while ensuring [...]

2017-11-30T23:11:28+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Access to Care, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, Research, Stigma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care, World AIDS Day|Comments Off on Honoring the Legacy of the Obama Administration on HIV

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 [...]

2017-11-30T23:06:50+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Access to Care, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, Stigma, Trans Justice, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Trans Resilience & Resistance in Changing Times

PWN-USA Seeks Experienced Facilitators for Butterfly Rising Program

  September 8, 2016 - We are seeking experienced facilitators and trainers in the San Francisco Bay Area who want to become certified on Butterfly Rising, a trauma-informed peer leadership development curriculum for women living with HIV, including women of trans [...]

2017-11-17T20:56:16+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Intersectionality, Stigma, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Seeks Experienced Facilitators for Butterfly Rising Program

Young Women Living with HIV Deserve Support and Leadership Roles in HIV Community

PWN-USA Statement for National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day APRIL 8, 2016: Young women living with HIV have unique needs that often go unaddressed. HIV stigma, discrimination, ageism, complexities of treatment regimens, and economic challenges present a unique set of barriers to [...]

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:04:28+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Access to Care, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, NWGHAAD, PLHIV Sexuality, PWN-USA Communications, Research, Ryan White Part D, Trauma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Groundbreaking Report Identifies Unique Needs of Women Living with HIV, Challenges to Engagement in Care

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 [...]

2017-12-01T15:36:00+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Access to Care, Black Lives Matter, Economic Justice, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, PLHIV Sexuality, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on The Epidemic Among Black Women Requires More than Rhetoric

Securing the Future of Women-Centered Care

Findings of a Community-Based Research Project "What would improve your ability to stay in care?" That is the fundamental question women with HIV sought to answer in a community-based participatory research project. 14 women living with HIV (WLHIV) from across the [...]

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 [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

2015-05-18T16:08:00+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Access to Care, Criminalization, Economic Justice, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, PLHIV Sexuality, Prevention Justice, Research, Stigma, Trans Justice, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Vote for the Recommendations Most Vital to Women with HIV!

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 [...]

2015-05-06T08:55:07+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Access to Care, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Research, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Teams with Healthcare Providers to Release New Model for Trauma-Informed Care

Positive Women’s Network – USA Releases Recommendations for the Next US National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Women with HIV Demand a Minimum Standard of Care, Bold New Initiatives to Ensure High-Quality Services for Black Women and Transgender Women of Color   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 April 13, 2015 – Washington, DC [...]

2015-04-13T12:24:06+00:00 April 13th, 2015|HIV epidemic, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Positive Women’s Network – USA Releases Recommendations for the Next US National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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 [...]

2015-04-13T12:19:32+00:00 April 13th, 2015|HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Women with HIV Must Be a Priority in the Next US National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Resources and Reproductive Justice for Young Women Living with HIV

By Grissel Granados In my opinion, the greatest needs of young women living with HIV include, but are not limited to, adequate medical services that are responsive to our sexual and reproductive health needs. As a young woman living with [...]

2015-04-09T11:41:15+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Access to Care, PLHIV Sexuality, Stigma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Resources and Reproductive Justice for Young Women Living with HIV

Bee Day 2015: Advocating for Reproductive Health in South Carolina

By Stacy Jennings, PWN-USA Member On March 25, 2015, many lobbyists – including me – from the grassroots e-advocacy network "Tell Them," which works to improve reproductive health policy in South Carolina, gathered for an opportunity to meet with House [...]

2015-04-02T12:37:32+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|Access to Care, Prevention Justice, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Bee Day 2015: Advocating for Reproductive Health in South Carolina

White Paper Shows Key Gaps in the Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for the Ryan White Program to Provide Healthcare for Women with HIV

Download the full report (PDF) Download a one-page summary of the report (PDF) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Nerissa Irizarry, Positive Women’s Network-USA - nerissa.pwnusa@gmail.com Melanie Medalle, SisterLove, Inc. - mmedalle@sisterlove.org Ariel Tazkargy, National Women’s Health Network - atazkargy@nwhn.org March 10, 2015 - March [...]

2015-03-10T01:20:48+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Access to Care, HIV epidemic, human rights, NWGHAAD, Research, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on White Paper Shows Key Gaps in the Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for the Ryan White Program to Provide Healthcare for Women with HIV

Reflections on How Far Women with HIV Have Come in the Past 16 Years: A Personal View

By Olga Irwin, Regional Co-Chair, PWN-USA-Ohio Olga Irwin. Olga Irwin studied at Youngstown State University and became a licensed social worker in 2009. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1999. Since her diagnosis she has become involved in [...]

2015-03-08T12:35:57+00:00 March 8th, 2015|HIV epidemic, Leadership stories, NWGHAAD, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Reflections on How Far Women with HIV Have Come in the Past 16 Years: A Personal View

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 [...]

2015-02-07T05:30:08+00:00 February 7th, 2015|Access to Care, Black Lives Matter, Count Me In, Intersectionality, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Do All Black Lives Matter?

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. [...]

2015-02-03T17:56:45+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|human rights, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, reproductive justice, Stigma, Trauma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Services for Women and Youth with HIV Gutted Yet Again!

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 [...]

2014-07-16T13:19:30+00:00 July 16th, 2014|Media Justice, Research, Stigma, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Congratulates UCSF Women’s Health Clinic on Landmark Study of Women, Trauma and HIV Disclosure

We Still Need Family-Centered Programs for Women With HIV: My Part D Story

By Evany Turk Evany Turk. Women are a vital part of our community. Women wear lots of hats and control much of the household, and when a woman is diagnosed with HIV that doesn't stop. Unfortunately she now [...]

2014-05-12T05:57:51+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Access to Care, human rights, reproductive justice, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on We Still Need Family-Centered Programs for Women With HIV: My Part D Story

Healthy Women Make Healthy Communities: Reflections on a Time Before Ryan White Part D

By Margot Kirkland-Isaac Margot Kirkland-Isaac. I was truly saddened when I received the news that the President's proposed 2015 budget sought to eliminate Ryan White Part D. It is unacceptable to me to think that, after all these [...]

2014-05-10T20:32:28+00:00 May 10th, 2014|Access to Care, human rights, reproductive justice, Stigma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Healthy Women Make Healthy Communities: Reflections on a Time Before Ryan White Part D

Services for Women Are Not Disposable! 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 March 26, 2014, New Orleans, LA - Just a few weeks ago, President Obama's budget for 2015 was released, proposing the elimination of Part D of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides [...]

2014-03-26T13:05:47+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Access to Care, human rights, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Services for Women Are Not Disposable! PWN-USA Responds to the President’s Budget Proposal to Eliminate Ryan White Part D

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 [...]

2014-03-09T22:49:04+00:00 March 9th, 2014|PWN-USA Communications, Research, Trauma, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Healing in Order to Treat: Addressing Violence and Trauma to Improve Health Outcomes for Women With HIV

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 [...]

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, [...]

2013-11-11T18:04:35+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Criminalization, human rights, PLHIV Sexuality, reproductive justice, Research, Stigma, Trauma, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

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 [...]

2013-11-06T05:19:33+00:00 November 6th, 2013|human rights, PLHIV Sexuality, Prevention Justice, reproductive justice, Research, Stigma, Trauma, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Survey Finds Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of US WLHIV

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 [...]

2013-11-06T04:24:06+00:00 November 6th, 2013|human rights, PLHIV Sexuality, Prevention Justice, reproductive justice, Research, Stigma, Trauma, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Sneak Preview! Findings from a National Survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities September 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA -- Today, the Interagency Federal Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women [...]

2013-09-07T01:06:53+00:00 September 7th, 2013|Access to Care, PWN-USA Communications, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love! End Violence Against Women & Girls

PWN-USA stands with One Billion Rising Contact: Sonia Rastogi, PWN-USA Communications Coordinator 408.306.6805 // positivewomensnetworkusa@gmail.com February 14, 2013 - New York, NY This Valentine's Day, Positive Women's Network - United States of America (PWN-USA) shows our love for women by [...]

2013-02-14T10:00:45+00:00 February 14th, 2013|Access to Care, human rights, PWN-USA Communications, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love! End Violence Against Women & Girls

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, [...]

2012-11-28T07:53:54+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Count Me In, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Research, Trauma, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Violence is the Fatal Flaw in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Involving Local, State and Global Commissions in Women, HIV and Violence

Continued Reflections on Women, HIV, and Violence: Involving local, state, and global commissions By Loren Jones The murder of Cicely Bolden on September 6th, 2012, both heightened and inflamed our sense of sadness and rage. It also reminded us of [...]

2012-11-24T07:36:46+00:00 November 24th, 2012|Leadership stories, Violence, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Involving Local, State and Global Commissions in Women, HIV and Violence

Closing the Gaps for Women through Prevention: A Tremendous Victory to Uphold the Rights of Women and Girls Nationwide!

By Sonia Rastogi A ray of hope in the war on women came on August 1, 2011, when the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officially adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) guidelines recommending that HIV testing and contraception options [...]

2011-08-02T05:23:22+00:00 August 2nd, 2011|HIV epidemic, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Prevention Justice, reproductive justice, Women-centered Care|Comments Off on Closing the Gaps for Women through Prevention: A Tremendous Victory to Uphold the Rights of Women and Girls Nationwide!