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People Living With HIV: A Year of Empowerment

November 15, 2016


Bruce Richman

Bruce Richman

Prevention Access Campaign

In honor of the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living With HIV:

For many years, HIV experts have known that effective treatment means we're incapable of transmitting HIV to our sexual partners, but less than 10% of people living with HIV in the U.S. know it. … [V]irtually all HIV communications in the U.S. exaggerate that there is still a risk of transmission, leaving all of us with HIV vulnerable to stigma, harms and injustice. The exaggerated risk and intersecting stigmas leave women with HIV, especially women of color and transgender experience, highly vulnerable to violence.

Through my relationship to PWN-USA, I've come to know many women who are survivors of intimate partner violence, both emotional and physical, because of their HIV status. …

They've had a profound impact by helping me realize how much I truly need to listen more and to recognize and keep my privilege in check. And to use that access to dismantle that structure that oppresses people with HIV and, in particular, continues to perpetuate violence against women in our community.

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