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Women in the Loop

Spring 1999

Support Groups, etc.

Women at Risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Información
"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 is a support group offering confidential counseling and emotional support to those who have or have had a family member or loved one with HIV/AIDS. Group 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).

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. 7:00-9:00 pm. 310.419.1969.
Tuesday -- sustaining our sisterhood. A weekly gathering of women of African descent. To educate, heal, uplift and empower themselves. 7:00-9:00 pm. 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

Court Dependent
Caring for Babies with AIDS facilities for children who are dependents of the court. Case management: 213.931.9828

Tuesday's Child
Provides diapers, cribs, financial assistance and parties for HIV infected children, 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

Aids Discrimination Unit

Legal Aid Foundation

County Bar Aids Project
213.627.2727 -- 617 S. Olive St.

Substance Programs

Cry Help
11027 N. Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818.985.8323

His Sheltering Arms
6 month program for HIV+ women. Alcohol and drug free living: 323.755.6646

Methadone Treatment
HIV/AIDS & opiate dependent. 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

Tarzana Treatment Center
Transitional Housing Program, a sober living type atmosphere for HIV positive men and women who are on parole or probation. Located in the San Fernando Valley. For more info contact Ernie Romero 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. Our meals are delivered daily between 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm by trained volunteers. There's no need to worry about your confidentiality, our trained volunteers deliver your meal in a Ralph's shopping bag and there is absolutely nothing that identifies them as Project Angel Food Volunteers or any association with an AIDS service agency. 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.

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. If a woman meets these requirements, she 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.

ACTG 293
Accutane: 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. Investigator: Ardis Moe, MD. 310.206.6414.

USC -- 213.343.8324
A wide variety of clinical studies are open to women, including antivirals, protease inhibitors, prevention and treatment of OI's.

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
HIV-positive women ages 18-50 are needed for a research study. This FDA-funded study will measure the effects of testosterone replacement on body weight, muscle mass and function, and quality of life. Monetary compensation provided. Call: 310.222.8152.


HIV Vaccine Vax.004
Phase III study to determine the efficacy of AIDSVAX (an experimental HIV vacine) in women and men at risk for sexually transmitted HIV-1 infection. Individuals must be HIV negative and sexually active. You cannot get HIV or AIDS from this vaccine. Call Corie 310-358-2429. Para informacion en espanol, llame 310.360.3876.

Drug Resistance Antivirogram
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
A 16 week, open-label study to evaluate the roll of Zerit (d4t, Stavudine) in the treatment of AIDS dementia complex (problems with memory, concentration and word finding.) Participants must have evidence of dementia, either newly diagnosed or already established. Participants must be d4t naive. Call Corie 310.358.2429. Para informacion en espanol, llame 310.360.3876.

Project Open Window
Study of early recognition of HIV disease seeks participants with acute HIV infection or who have sero-converted within past 12 months. Compensation provided. Call 213.351.8770 or 888.700.2900.

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

Womens Link
Womens Link provides Case Management services, rental assistance and a variety of other services. Located at 401 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite B, Inglewood, Ca. 90301 310.419.8087

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

"Parents and Children Coping Together"

Eligible women who are HIV + and their children (ages 6-11) will be interviewed every 6 months for 3 years. Women will receive $25 cash, and the children may select a toy from a toy chest. Interviews can be conducted at a location convenient for the family. The mother's health status is never disclosed to the child. To find out more, contact the PACT staff at UCLA. Call Andrea Wilkin at 310.794.8296. Collect calls are accepted.

Women & Family Project

The Women and family Project is looking for Latina and Caucasian HIV+ women over the age 18 to participate in our study. It consists of a psychosocial interview (3-4 hours long) and a physical screening. We will be paying $60 for the first interview and $50 for each following interview. Interviews are either at UCLA or Drew Medical Center. We are looking for women who will be in Los Angeles for the next 4 years. If you fit this description, contact us at 310.794.9929.

Women Alive Presents


A panel of experts will present the most current information on treatments for HIV/AIDS

Crystal Park Casino Hotel
123 East Artesia Blv
May 18th
6:30p - 8:30p

Please RSVP 323.965.1564
by May 11

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