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PWN-USA Colorado Leads Activist Group in Winning Overhaul of Discriminatory, Outdated Laws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

Advocates from 34 States & 4 Countries Convene at University of Alabama-Huntsville to Strategize Addressing Discriminatory HIV Laws at 2nd National HIV Is Not a Crime Training Acadmemy

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 17** Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347-553-5174 Even as a bill repealing Colorado’s HIV criminalization laws awaits the governor’s pen, much work remains to be done to bring laws up to date with current science in [...]

2017-11-30T23:42:38+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Criminalization, Stigma, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Advocates from 34 States & 4 Countries Convene at University of Alabama-Huntsville to Strategize Addressing Discriminatory HIV Laws at 2nd National HIV Is Not a Crime Training Acadmemy

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 17** Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347-553-5174 Even as a bill repealing Colorado’s HIV criminalization laws awaits the governor’s pen, much work remains to be done to bring laws up to date with current science in [...]

2017-11-30T23:38:19+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Criminalization, Stigma, Uncategorized|2 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

President’s Budget Affirms Commitment to HIV but Raises Concerns for Women and Youth

FEBRUARY 12, 2016: President Obama released the final budget of his presidency this week. While several components of his proposed budget offer good news for women living with and vulnerable to HIV, Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) remains concerned [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Save the Date! HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy, May 17-20, 2016, Huntsville, Alabama

 **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contact: Tami Haught, tami.haught@seroproject.com January 4, 2016:  After a very successful inaugural HIV Is Not a Crime National Conference last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network - USA are pleased to announce that the HIV is [...]

2017-12-01T15:48:11+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Criminalization, HIV epidemic, Uncategorized|0 Comments

National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Federal Action Plan Are Inadequate!

Both documents represent missed opportunities to fully address the HIV epidemic in the U.S. As researchers, government officials, policy experts and advocates gather for the National HIV Prevention Conference, a diverse coalition of networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV), [...]

2017-12-01T15:44:02+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Key Constituencies Impacted by the HIV Epidemic Hold Counter Conference to Raise Issues Inadequately Addressed by National HIV Prevention Conference & National HIV/AIDS Strategy

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MON. 12/7 & TUES. 12/8** Contact: Suraj Madoori,  708-590-9806, smadoori@aidschicago.org or Jennie Smith-Camejo, 347-553-5174, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org ATLANTA: This week, as representatives of multiple federal agencies and organizations working in HIV prevention and care convene in Atlanta for the [...]

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 [...]

Support Rights, Respect and Dignity for Trans Women Today and Every Day

Statement of Support for Trans* Day of Resilience Original artwork by Rommy Torrico for TransLatina Coalition, courtesy of Strong Families "Every year, we memorialize the lives that were lost to violence. It is time to take advantage of [...]

2017-12-01T16:06:34+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Separating Science from Stigma Following the Charlie Sheen Disclosure

Charlie Sheen's public disclosure of his HIV status, while producing some of the predictable backlash and stigmatizing comments we have come to expect, has also presented a fantastic opportunity to educate the general public about the current science concerning HIV, [...]

National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV = Success

October 23, 2015, was our second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV (WLHIV)--and what a success it was! Thanks to an outpouring of support from our members, communities, allies and organizations working [...]

2017-12-01T16:14:14+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

Get Involved! Participate in an Event Happening in Your Area!

Regional chapters and groups of PWN-USA members and allied organizations are hosting all kinds of exciting events for the second National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV! Check out these events and see if there [...]

2017-12-01T16:18:06+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

PWN-USA Welcomes 6 New Members to Its Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The new PWN-USA Board of Directors, September 2015 Contact: Naina Khanna, nkhanna@pwn-usa.org / 510-681-1169 September 1, 2015 - Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA), the premier voice of women with HIV in the US, is [...]

2017-12-01T16:19:34+00:00 September 1st, 2015|HIV epidemic, Leadership stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

"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 – [...]