New York: Housing Works Plans New Resource Center for AIDS/HIV Positive Women
December 14, 2006
On Nov. 30, Housing Works broke ground for its new Brooklyn center, "By and For Women," which will offer by spring of next year day treatment services, primary care, and dental services for women with HIV/AIDS. The creation of the center, located at 57 Willoughby St., reflects the epidemic's inroad among women.
In 2005, 28 percent of new HIV diagnoses in New York City were women, said Housing Works. Of them, 71 percent were black, 24 percent were Hispanic, and 35 percent lived in Brooklyn. By contrast, just 25 percent of US women are African-American or Hispanic.
City Councilmember Letitia James and a liaison for state Rep. Ed Towns attended the event with advocates and other community leaders.
"This is an emergency," said Angela Burt-Murray, Essence magazine's editor-in-chief. "People really aren't aware of the amazing, startling statistics, that 68 percent of new HIV/AIDS infections, amongst women, are black women," she said.
"The women's health clinic is an essential service to this community and is long overdue," said Diane Williams, a staff representative for Housing Works' board.
In 2004, injection drug use-related AIDS among women was highest in Brooklyn, said Tamara Oyola-Santiago, executive director of Citi-Wide Harm Reduction, which provides medical and housing services. "We provide biological, psychological, and social services that our government is not doing," she said.
For more information, visit www.housingworks.org.
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