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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 [...]

Five Weeks Until Huntsville! Register NOW for the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy

April 11, 2016: The HIV is Not a Crime II Training Academy will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, May 17 – 20, 2016 – you can still register to be part of this transformative advocacy training experience! Join co-organizers PositiveWomen’s Network [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 – [...]

SERO Project and PWN-USA Co-Host HIV Criminalization Track at Positive Living Conference

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:           Tami Haught: tami.haught@seroproject.com; (641) 715-4182 July 21, 2015, Ft. Walton Beach, FL - The SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA) are co-hosting the HIV is Not a Crime criminalization education and advocacy track [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]