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New Hot Line

Women Alive "Voices With A Message"
1-800-554-4876

Autumn '95

A Peer Support Hot Line
For Women With HIV/AIDS

This new program started July 1, 1995. We have received calls from all over the country. From as far away as the Virgin Islands and as near as Orange County, women with HIV/AIDS are calling us for information, referrals, and just to talk.

"My husband died of AIDS. I took care of him. We never told anyone. I have four T-cells. No one knows about me. I haven't had a hug from another human being in 5 years." (West Hills, California)

"I'm afraid to tell anyone here about my HIV. My family knows and they follow me around the house with bleach. My sister-in-law won't let her kids come around me." (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

"I was so glad to see that someone is doing something for lesbians with AIDS. It's great to have another positive lesbian to talk with. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one." (Tampa, Florida)

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"I keep extra pills in my medicine cabinet. Friday night, I wanted to kill myself. I grabbed my 'Women Alive' Newsletter and ripped out the page about the Hot Line, ... I held on to it for dear life,... I said to myself; 'now I have someone who I can call.' Monday morning I called the women's hot-line ... by the time I hung up, I was laughing. They gave me hope." (Topeka, Kansas)

The Women Alive Hot Line is run entirely by women volunteers with HIV/AIDS.

Be a part of this exciting and meaningful project! You can benefit by contributing to our community of women facing this disease.

If you wish to get involved in the next Hot Line volunteer training session call Nancy at 310-313-5139.




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

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