Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

U.S. News
Washington: HIV-Positive Women Face Date Struggle -- BABES Network-YWCA Offers Support, Advice

September 6, 2012

BABES Network-YWCA is a Seattle-based support group that uses peer counseling, group discussions, educational lectures, and retreats to help HIV-positive women navigate intimate relationships. Trusting a sexual partner and coping with rejection are often the focus of dialogue among group attendees.

"I encourage women to date when they're ready. I ask them questions to see if they're ready: ‘When do you want to disclose your status? Are you ready for the response?'" said Brenda Higgins, a BABES peer advocate.

BABES Program Manager Nicole Price was once one of the women seeking support for dealing with love and life post-diagnosis. She said that while everyone has a different approach for disclosing their status, she prefers not to rush the talk. "Give them a chance to get to know you at least," she said. "Let them know who you are. Not just see you as HIV."

"Everybody does it slightly differently," said Dr. Joanne Stekler, a deputy director at the HIV/STD program of Public Health Seattle & King County. "There are some people who walk up to someone in the bar and say, ‘Hi, my name is this and I'm HIV-positive,' or people tell right before they're going to be intimate. Maybe before they decide to do it or when the clothes are coming off. There's not a right or wrong way to tell, but you need to talk about it."

[PNU editor's note: To learn more about BABES Network-YWCA, visit www.babesnetwork.org.]

Back to other news for September 2012

Excerpted from:
Seattle Times
08.31.2012; Kibkabe Araya




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/69018/washington-hiv-positive-women-face-date-struggle--.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.