Welcome to the 17th issue of Wise Words! Ever heard of microbicides, a prevention tool for women? Check out this article. A few new anti-HIV drugs are available and more are on the way; look here for the news. Click here for a brief overview of the changes that will take place in January to Medicare Part D with the new prescription drug benefit. Finally, a resource list can be found here.
Although this marks the final issue of Wise Words, the PI Perspective (the journal of Project Inform) will continue to cover HIV/AIDS treatment information of interest to women living with HIV. As we stop the publication of Wise Words, our commitment to women living with HIV continues. Our treatment advocacy efforts continue to push for new and better treatments for all people living with HIV toward a cure for AIDS. Our public policy efforts focus on programs that serve the uninsured and underinsured, which disproportionately includes women living with HIV. And our educational programs targeting positive women will expand and flourish under an exciting new opportunity. Project Inform was part of a grant proposal that was recently funded to develop a national peer education and training program for HIV-positive women. We are giving the funds that were awarded to Project Inform to the Center for Health Training and to Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD), an agency providing services and support to women living with HIV. Project Inform is thrilled at the prospects to more fully develop a women's educational program through collaboration and consolidation with these organizations.
On a more personal note, these changes bring a mix of both happy and sad emotions. There is a wealth of knowledge and experiences that I have gained while being here at Project Inform. I am honored and excited to be moving to WORLD along with the peer education grant. At WORLD, I will become the Director of Training and Education, shepherding this new program forward.
As I sat down to write this, I was filled with a tremendous amount of gratefulness. Over the past years, it was the simple emails and letters from you, the readers, who inspired and touched my heart. It reminded me that this newsletter was impacting women everywhere. My appreciation goes out to every woman living with HIV, the organizations that support positive women, and those individuals who advocate for and support women living with HIV. It is your voice and experiences that will always guide my path.
May you always find strength in each other, courage in your heart and know that you are Wise Women!
Peace and Blessings