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Women in the Loop

Summer 1999

Support Groups, etc.

Women at Risk
West L.A.: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30pm.

Culver City: HIV+ Women in Recovery, Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

Hermosa Beach: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday, of each month, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Harbor City - Kaiser Permanente - Meets twice monthly for Kaiser members.

Lynwood - Women of color meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30pm.

San Fernando- Meets every other Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30pm.

Torrance - South Bay Being Alive Women's Group in start up mode for 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month 7:00 - 8:30pm.

Hermosa- Monolingual Spanish Speaking Group every other Friday.

Women At Risk: We invite you to call 310.204.1046 for more information about our groups and to assure your seat there. All information is confidential and groups are co-facilitated by a professional and a HIV+ woman.

5183 Overland Ave. #B, Culver City, CA 90230. Le invitabos a llamar a 310.204.1046 para mas informacion.

For HIV+ Latinas and their families. Emotional and educational support in Spanish at the East LA Center. Call for info: 323.727.7896.

Call for more info on child care and transportation, contact Vilma or Rosalinda.

Linea Gratis de Informacion
"Voces con Mensaje" 1.800.554.4876 - de mujeres para mujeres con VIH/SIDA. Conectaté con otras mujeres.

Encuentra apoyo, sentido de comunidad y voz.

Crisis Hotline
Spanish: 800.303.7432.

Support for Mom
Mothers of AIDS Patients for those who have or have had a family member or loved one with HIV/AIDS. Your choice of groups: 1. Meets the first and third Wednesday at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, 3330 Lomita Blv. Torrance, CA 90509, in Room M, Second Floor Outpatient Area (west side of hospital). Group #2 meets the first and third Tuesday from 7pm to 9 at the Daniel Freeman Hospital in Marina Del Rey - first floor conference room. For more info please call: 310.676.5018

Amassi Center
Monday - the black womens xchange a fellowship and empowerment group for bisexual and same gender loving (SGL) sistahs dealing with family, workplace or self discovery issues. 7:00 - 9:00pm. 310.419.1969.
Tuesday - sustaining our sisterhood. A weekly gathering of women of African descent. To educate, heal, uplift and empower themselves. 7:00 - 9:00pm. 310.419.1969.

Rape and Battering Hotlines
Fully Bilingual and Bicultural. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. 1.800.585.6231. Linea Informativa Del SIDA. Información, referencias y apoyo llamadas gratis y confidenciales. Southern California, Bilingual AIDS hotline: 1.800.400.7432 (Avance Inc.).

Children's Services

Tuesday's Child
Provides diapers, cribs, financial assistance and parties for HIV infected children, and their mothers and families. 310.204.2081.

Family AIDS Network services for children with HIV and their families: 323.669.5616, case management. 323.669.2463 6430 Sunset #1202.

Legal Assistance

Legal Aid Foundation

County Bar AIDS Project
213.627.2727: 617 S. Olive St.

Syringe Exchanges

Clean Needles Now
Provides syringe exchange programs for active drug users to avoid HIV infection. 323.464.7744

Old Needles for New Ones
Bienestar harm reduction project. Every Thursday: Call - 213.727.7896

Substance Programs

His Sheltering Arms
Alcohol and drug free living: 323.755.6646.

Methadone Treatment
OMNI, 15519 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, Ca. 90249. Call 310.676.9688.

Positive Steps
Substance abuse day treatment, transitional housing, and youth services. Call 562.622.3979.

Treatment Center
Transitional Housing Program, a sober living for HIV+ men and women who are on parole or probation. For more info contact Ernie at 818.342.5897

Alcoholism Center for Women
Six-month residential and outpatient recovery programs. 323.381.8500.


Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food (PAF) prepares and delivers over 900 meals daily to men, women and children living with AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. These meals are hot, nutritious and prepared by professional chefs and volunteer assistants.

If you are a woman living with HIV/AIDS and disabled by HIV you may be eligible to receive a free delicious lunch daily from Project Angel Food. To get more information about starting services contact the Project Angel Food Client Hotline at 323.845.1810.

Heart Touch Project
Provides touch therapy services to non-ambulatory persons with AIDS in their own homes or in the hospital. Patients must have approval from their primary health provider to insure that massage is not contraindicated for their condition. To find out more call: 310.452.6112.

Vision Impairment
The Center for the Partially Sighted. Learn how to cope and be active. 720 Wilshire Blv. #200, Santa Monica, Ca. 90401. 310.458.3501.

Free Groceries
Food and personal care items are provided to PWAs. For more information, call Imani Unidos Food Pantry, 323.754.2320.

Food Pantry
Jewish Community Centers Association's SOVA Food Pantry distributes emergency groceries to low income and homeless people. 310.828.0469.

American Indians
If you are American Indian without health insurance and in need, you can call the Robert Sundance Wellness Center for care and services: 213.202.3970.

Sherri's Computer Service
Reduced rates on repairs for non-profit AIDS service organizations: 323.242.7946.

Medical Services

L.A. County 5p21
Assists all HIV+ women regardless of ability to pay. HIV specialists are on staff. 323.343.8255 Maternal Child Care clinic: 323.226.2200.

Clinica Para las Americas
Community clinic: 213.273.8715.

T.H.E Clinic for Women
Gynecological care, and family planning: 3860 West Martin Luther King Blv. 323.295.6571 Staff is multilingual.

Jeffrey Goodman Clinic
The lesbian/gay services center offers an HIV women's clinic. 1625 N. Schrader, 323.993.7500.

Clinical Studies

Every clinical trial has requirements about who can join. In many studies, women must agree to use birth control if they have sex with men. Pregnant or nursing women usually can't join a trial of an untested drug. However, there are now a few studies for pregnant women. These studies look at transmission of HIV not the treatment of HIV infection.

UCLA * 310.206.6414
Anti-0pportunistic Infection Therapies

Ganciclovir implant + oral ganciclovir vs. cidofovir for CMV retinitis. Fluconazole for oral candida; chronic vs. episodic treatment.

For Women
Phase III study of Accutane (oral isotrention) vs. observation for low-grade (CIN-1) cervical dysplasia by comparing the time to progression of CIN-1 to CIN-II, III or invasive cancer: 310.206.6414.

USC - 213.343.8324
A wide variety of clinical studies are open to women, including trials with antivirals and protease inhibitors. Also those looking to prevent and treat opportunistic infections.

La Escuela de asistencia social en la U.S.C. está llevando a cabo una.
Encuesta de encuesta es comple-tamente confidencial, y se paga $20. llame al 213.740.0299.

Acute Infection
If you think you might have a recent exposure to HIV, give us a call - 213.351.8195 ext.8175.

HIV+ Women Needed
Are you losing weight? Don't know why? Try testosterone! It works for men. Let's see if it works for you too. HIV-positive women ages 18-50 are needed for a research study. This study will measure the effects of testosterone replacement on body weight, muscle mass and function, and quality of life. Incentive payments and compensation provided. Call: 310.222.8152.

Drug Resistance Testing
This study does not involve a drug. It is a study of a laboratory test that may determine sensitivity of HIV to antiretroviral treatment. The study is open to women and men. Call Corie at 310.358.2429. Para informacion en espanol, llame 310.360.3876.

AIDS Dementia Complex
An open-label study to evaluate the roll of Zerit (d4t, Stavudine) in the treatment of AIDS dementia complex. Participants must have evidence of dementia. Participants must be d4t naive. Call Corie 310.358.2429. Para informacion en espanol, llame 310.360.3876.

Phase II: double blind, placebo controlled. Participants have a 6/7 chance of receiving drug. 310.358.2429.

Worldwide Trial
Researchers will evaluate ABT-378/ritonavir, a new protease inhibitor. This study is in the early phases. To find out more call: 1.800.313.2130.

Donate Your Brain to Science
A longitudinal research project to study the effects of HIV on the Brain. You will be asked to consent to a spinal tap twice a year -- for which you will be given $75 (transportation and childcare and a meal on visit day). You must be willing to donate your brain and other tissues after your death. 800.791.4966.

Women's Services

Women Alive
Drop-in center for women facing HIV/AIDS and their families. Women Alive is a safe place where women can come together and just hang-out, get support and experience a sense of community. Women with HIV/AIDS can participate in programs and receive a variety of professional services, participate in peer support groups, social events and PARTIES!

All services and programs are completely confidential. Volunteer opportunities are abundant. Training to become a Peer Counselor is available. A Treatment Information Library is accessible. Treatment Educators are on staff to help you get the information you need. A telephone support group is offered to ensure total anonymity. Operating hours are from 11am to 6pm Monday through Friday: 1566 S. Burnside Ave. Los Angeles, Ca. 90015, 323.965.1564 or call our national toll free hot line: "Voices With A Message" 800.554.4876.

Women at Risk
Women At Risk provides structured and specialized support groups and coordinates a highly active speakers bureau. To find out more see the support group listings on page 17 or call 310. 204.1046.

Womens Care
Provides Case Management services and is located within AIDS Healthcare Foundation's HIV clinic for your convenience. 323.662.7420. 1300 N. Vermont.

Los Angeles Family AIDS Network, provides emotional support, Case Management, and other assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Call 323.669-5616.

Womens Link
Provides Case Management services rental assistance and a variety of other services: 401 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite #B, Inglewood, Ca. 90301 - 310.419.8087.


Reduce Stress
Learn to breath easy

Come join us for yoga at Women Alive every Wednesday at 1:30. The benefits are healing. Classes are free and taught by professional teachers who volunteer their services. Develop a positive relationship with your body through this ancient form of exercise. Yoga not only tones and strengthens your muscles, it also strengthens your heart and lungs. Most importantly, it's a great way to relax in a comfortable, safe place.

Save the date
Clinical Trials Update for Women
September 1st, 1999
6:30 to 8:30pm
A panel of experts from UCLA, USC, Harbor UCLA, and other research sites.
Santa Marta Hospital
319 N. Humphrey
East L.A.
To RSVP or for more information call Women Alive @ 323.965.1564

Find out what Women Alive is up to
Visit our web site for the latest activities and information about cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials.

The Women's Antiretroviral Research Project (WARP)
is a network of researchers and HIV+ women. This is a national study with 12 sites. There are a variety of medical combinations under study. To find out more call women alive: 800.554.4876

Soul Food
For women with HIV, our families and friends.
July 31 1pm - 4pm
2645 Industry Way
Lynwood, 90262
Join us for Free Food, Fun and Friends.

HIV University
Bringing HIV University to your community
The Third Annual Women's Peer-Based Treatment-Education Training Program will be held September 13-17, 1999 in San Francisco, California.

The purpose of the five-day training program is to train 10 teams of two people on how to develop and organize their own peer-based treatment-education program for the women in their communities. Participants will learn the steps involved in setting up such a program directly from the staff, volunteers and graduates of HIV University. In addition, educational workshops will be offered on topics including community organizing skills, treatment issues, and HIV funding streams.

To request a brochure and application, please call: 800.433.4584

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.