Gina didn’t see herself as a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV), “I just thought I was a chick that got beat up sometimes.” When she found out she was living with HIV it got worse, “He used my HIV diagnosis as a weapon.” By speaking out about her experiences, Gina empowers other women to see that they are not alone, help is available, and that there is a way forward.

Let’s End the Cycle

IPV including physical and emotional abuse, is a major issue facing women in the U.S. Less often discussed is the concerning connection to HIV.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224) for help.