As an HIV positive woman with an interest in writing, and keeping abreast of the latest HIV news and developments, I feel honored to be a part of the Women Alive editorial team.
I was infected in early 1991 and since then, I have taken assertive steps to become knowledgeable about the virus, medical information and self-help groups throughout Los Angeles.
I am an active participant on an AIDS speaker's bureau. I have visited numerous colleges, high schools and other organizations for community outreach/education purposes.
I always walk away feeling good. There is much need for others to see a real woman living with AIDS, rather than just reading or hearing about the virus. The benefits of talking to others about the virus are always more than I expect. I see an incredible lack of knowledge and understanding in the people I speak to when I begin my presentations. But when I finish, it is quite the opposite. I urge anyone who is interested in getting involved in speaking, to do so. It has been a great help to me.
I am also a new member on the NCAB of the WIHS. NCAB stands for; National Community Advisory Board. WIHS is the Woman's Interagency HIV Study. It is a nationwide epidemiology study of women infected with HIV. Los Angeles is one of the six major cities that participate. As an NCAB member, I meet with many people that are involved in all areas of the study; including doctors, investigators, data input people, etc. We discuss upcoming proposed studies and other issues of the WIHS. If anyone is interested in any information regarding the WIHS Study, please call me at 626.964.4651. If I don't know the answer, I can find out.
It's a pleasure to be a part of Women Alive. I like being a part of an active community of women. I look forward to working with everyone. It is so important that we all do our part to better our lives and our world, HIV positive or not. Peace and love to all.
This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.