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Women in the Loop

Fall 1999

Emotional Support

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 Información
"Voces con Mensaje" 1.800.554.4876 - de mujeres para mujeres con VIH/SIDA. Conectaté con otras mujeres. Encuentra apoyo, sentido de comuni-dad 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.

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.).

For the Kids

Camp Heartland
Summer camps (for infected or affected kids) . "Journey of Hope" AIDS peer awareness seminars. For more information please contact, Augie Acevedo: 1.800.449.8319.

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.

Free Dental Care
The Children's Dental Center at 300 East Buckthorn Street in Inglewood provides free dental care for children who have no other means of getting dental treatment. Those without insurance are welcome. Call Shirley at: 310.419.3000.

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
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 substance abuse recovery programs. 323.381.8500.


Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food (PAF) prepares and delivers nutritious meals daily to men, women and children living with AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. To get more information about starting services contact the Project Angel Food Client Hotline at 323.845.1810.

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.

Project Chicken Soup
Provides delivered kosher meals twice a month to people with HIV/AIDS. 323.655.5330.

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.

Bethesda House: A shelter for entire HIV affected families including the extended family, trigenerational families, gay and lesbian couples, single men and women with or without children. un albergue de 16 cuartos que incluye 50 camas. Bethesda, aloja a familias afectadas con el VIH o Sida. Las familias incluyen tambien hombres y mujeres solteros, parejas homo-sexuales y lesbianas con hijos o sin hijos. - 213.896.9155.

Heart Touch Project
Provides touch therapy services to non-ambulatory persons with AIDS in their own homes or in the hospital. 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.

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

At Long Last!
"An Open-Label Study Investigating Differences Between Women and Men."

This study will help to determine the drug dosing differences between men and women. The study will also document other notable gender differences. The design of the study is intended to provide life prolonging benefit for those women and men who have run out of options with current approved drug combinations. There are 12 sites throughout the country. For enrollment information please call: 1.800.554.4876
UCLA * 310.206.6414.

OI Therapies (UCLA)
Ganciclovir implant + oral ganciclovir vs. cidofovir for
CMV retinitis. Fluconazole for oral candida; chronic vs. episodic treatment.

For Women (UCLA)
Phase III study of Accutane (oral isotrention) vs. observation for low-grade cervical dysplasia 310.206.6414.

For Pregnant Women (UCLA)
Study 321: Phase I, Safety, Tolerance and Pharmacokinetics of Abacavir (Ziagen) with standard AZT Therapy in new borns of HIV infected women.
Study 326: Phase I & II - all babies will get AZT. Most babies will get a vaccine that might help them fight off HIV.
Study 331: to decide the best dose of AZT for premature infants exposed to HIV.

USC - 213.343.8324
Llame al 213.740.0299
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.

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
Women ages 18-50 are needed for a study to measure the effects of testosterone replacement on body weight, and muscle mass. Incentive payments provided. Call: 310.222.8152.

Drug Resistance Testing
A study of a test that may determine sensitivity to antiretroviral treatment. It's open to women and men. Call Corie at 310.358.2429. Para informacion en espanol, llame 310.360.3876.

Pain or Numbness in Hands and Feet?
A 5-week study to see if gabapentin works for neuropathy. Everyone will receive medication. 310.358.2429.

World Wide Trial
Evaluation of ABT-378/ritonavir, a new protease inhibitor. This study is in the early phases. 1.800.313.2130.

Donate Your Brain
A project to study the effects of HIV on the brain. You must donate your brain after your death. 800.791.4966.

Phase II, double blind, placebo controlled. PMPA is a new antiretroviral drug being studied. Participants have an 85% chance of receiving drug. 310.358.2429.

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: 800.554.4876.

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

Latina Lesbians/Bisexuals
Bienestar has services and activities for you at LA CASA. Call 323.727.7897.

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.

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.

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