Love of Community
As mothers, daughters, sisters, partners and friends and people living with HIV, we as women have tremendous power in our hands to change the course of this epidemic.
It’s time to start the conversation and make our communities safe places to talk about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment as well as care and support.
Start by knowing the facts.
The more we know about how HIV affects the people around us, the more we understand the disease and can take steps to end it. We need to lead with knowledge not fear.
We have more options available today than ever before to help protect against the spread of HIV and to help those with HIV live well. HIV is a preventable and treatable disease, don’t let stigma hold us back.
Say NO to stigma.
Have you ever heard someone make a joke or insensitive comment about HIV/AIDS? Have you heard someone say something you knew not to be true about HIV/AIDS? Speak up and say no to stigma and correct misconceptions about HIV and AIDS.
“I found strength in breaking the silence.”
Kym learned she was HIV positive after losing her new husband to AIDS less than a year into their marriage. Kym is now a passionate voice about ending the stigma around HIV. Hear more of Kym’s story.
Stigma has far-reaching consequences. Fear of judgment or rejection can delay a person from seeking life-saving treatment or even opening up about their status. We can change the way we think about HIV by the example we set in our own lives.
Whether it’s with a faith group, youth group, sports team, community center, volunteer group or at the dinner table, there are endless everyday opportunities to talk about HIV.
Host a viewing party to screen and discuss a program about HIV and women. Greater Than AIDS has the following two free programs available along with downloadable discussion guides:
- We Are Empowered program, a special 30-minute program featuring Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys in conversation with five inspiring women living with HIV in the United States. As mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, partners AND people living with HIV, the program reinforces the power within all women to make a difference through our everyday actions.
- Empowered: Women, HIV & Intimate Partner Violence, a 20-minute video featuring lawyer, producer and women’s health advocate Tonya Lewis Lee in conversation with five inspiring women living with HIV who have experienced intimate partner violence. By sharing their own experiences, the women seek to take away the silent shame many dealing with these issues feel and show there is a way forward.
- Empowered: Trans Women & HIV, a 20-minute video that gives voice to transgender women to share their own narrative about HIV, both the impact and response that is needed. By sharing common experiences, the campaign confronts social stigma, while promoting actions to improve health and well-being.
Check out offerings from Greater Than AIDS to support National HIV/AIDS awareness days, such as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), World AIDS Day (December 1) or National HIV Testing Day (June 27), that can be used to help get out the word through social media.
Community based organizations depend on knowledgeable volunteers to provide care, support and prevention programs for people living with HIV. Volunteering in the HIV community is another way to show you care about people living with HIV and for yourself.
You can contact your local AIDS Service Organization or other community-based organization about potential volunteer opportunities. If your community doesn’t have an organization specific to HIV, consider creating a program within an existing group or starting a new one. With empowered women in the lead, the sky is the limit on what we can accomplish.
Add Your Voice: #WeAreEmpowered!
Use social media to amplify the power of your voice! We connect with each other every day on social media, why not use it to do some good? By posting about HIV on your social media platforms you help normalize the conversation and take away the shame and stigma.
Follow Greater Than AIDS on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to get up-to-date information and ideas for posts on your own pages. Share a post, start a conversation using hashtag “#WeAreEmpowered” and engage your community online!