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March 8th event to honor women living with HIV/AIDS

Posted Mar 01 2010 9:58am

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans living with HIV today are women, and HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-American women aged 25-34.

AIDS Action’s Healing Our Community Collaborative (HOCC) is holding a special session of its monthly luncheon program for women infected with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS to honor this important day. State Representative Gloria Fox will attend and speak with the group.

From Heidi Bright, the AIDS Action staff person who coordinates HOCC:

“Over the past thirteen years, HOCC has brought forward many women’s voices to raise awareness of the real impact HIV/AIDS has on our community of women in Massachusetts. The objective of our Women and Girls National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day forum is to provide a safe place where knowledge, experience, practical solutions, and messages about HIV/AIDS can be discussed and shared among women openly without the stigma associated with HIV. Our program is for women, by women, and about women infected, affected, or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Join us for a warm healthy lunch and spirited discussion. We will also have testing and counseling services available following our program.”  

Contact Heidi for more information at hbright@aac.org or (617) 285-7755). Click here to view the flyer for the event.

To learn more about women and HIV/AIDS, visit www.womenshealth.gov/hiv . There you will find easy-to-understand, reliable information about women’s risk factors for HIV, prevention methods and more.

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