Women Living with HIV

Resources

No Baby Should Be Born With HIV. What Will It Take to Save Them All?

In the fall of 2010, Masonia Traylor’s life changed overnight. Then 23, she was living with her new boyfriend in Atlanta and working as a pharmacy technician at a nearby drugstore. She took good care of herself, always went for an annual checkup, and ever since she graduated from high school, she had made it a practice to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Every year, her tests would come back negative. Until one didn’t.

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Asserting Our #BodilyAutonomy on #NWGHAAD!

Friday, March 10, Positive Women’s Network USA teamed up with partners at HIVE, SisterSong, Desiree Alliance, The Well Project, Prevention Access Campaign, Arianna’s Center & Positively Trans to continue our National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD) convo on the theme of #BodilyAutonomy. Check it out!

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On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery

Film description: “Driven by the desire for custody of their children, five mothers struggle to overcome substance use disorders in a gender-responsive treatment program. Their intimate story reveals experiences with domestic violence, [sex work], incarceration and complex intergenerational relations. On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery interweaves the women’s three-year journey to self-sufficiency and newfound pride with drug laws that impact mother and child, and will inspire hope for recovery.”

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Angela’s Story

Angela McGill is a woman living with HIV. She tells her story of discovering she had HIV and going on to have an HIV-free baby with the help of BAPAC (Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center), now known as HIVE. Dr. Deb Cohan explains how it’s possible for women living with HIV to have natural births and not pass HIV on to their babies.

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Healing the Healer: “Committing to Change” Action Plans

This inspirational session weaves together learnings from the day, touching on trauma-informed care, disclosure, criminalization, stigma, and resiliency. Using her expertise in organizational consulting, she charges attendees to make change from the seat they sit in.

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Caring for Survivors: Reducing Anxiety & Pain during Gynecological Exams and Procedures

“Many times the patients that are most ‘difficult’ are those who’ve had sexual trauma. She isn’t hard, she’s had a hard life…the body of a survivor remembers those traumatic experiences…she knows that other providers have found her to be a hard patient, so if you change the way you see her, then maybe she’ll change the way she sees herself in that dynamic.”

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To Breastfeed, or Not? My Decision.

I was interested in breastfeeding not only because of disclosure reasons but also because of the value of breast milk & bonding, but I was concerned about the HIV risk

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A Place at the Table: WATCH!

A Place at the Table: WATCH! is an eight-week webinar series that offers women living with HIV* capacity building and training on HIV disease and treatment advocacy.

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Positive Thoughts- A Comic Strip

Sketch Smith is an artist, amateur photographer, & writer. She hopes to add her artwork to many different causes for HIV, abused children, & foster youth.

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Linda Scruggs Shares Her Story of Disclosure

  Linda Scruggs, of Women's Consulting Group of Women Diagnosed with AIDS, talks wit HIVE's Shannon Weber about her disclosure journey, how she was able to heal, and how that lead to her feel comfortable disclosing.

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Timed Intercourse

Shannon Weber and Dr. Johnson role play a woman living with HIV learning about using timed intercourse to get pregnant with her HIV-negative partner.

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