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Press Release

Tell HHS That Black Women Openly Living With HIV/AIDS Should Be Represented on PACHA

February 25, 2010

Washington, D.C. -- The National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network is asking you to sign onto a letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding the lack of representation of black women openly living with HIV/AIDS on Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

Please sign and return the letter below to the National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network via e-mail: NBWHAN@yahoo.com.

United States Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

The undersigned are writing in support of the National Black Women's HIV/AIDS Network (NBWHAN) released statement, dated February 1, 2010, regarding representation on the newly appointed Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). We are pleased with the caliber of the 24 individuals selected to serve on PACHA. However, we are extremely concerned about the absence of representation from black women openly living with HIV/AIDS on PACHA.

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Comment by: Barbara Joseph (Houston, Tx) Thu., Jun. 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm EDT
Thank you so much for printing the article February 25, 2010, that was provided to you by the National Minority AIDS Council. As the National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network continue to make a difference in our communities. We can now applaud the White House Administration and Secretary Sebelius for hearing the call of African American Women. Thank you for the appointment in 2011 of an African American Woman living with HIV/AIDS to the President Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)
We also want to Thank the hundreds that signed our petition to get this accomplished. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of African American females and giving them a voice and a array of Hope.

Respectfully,
National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network
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Comment by: A. Hamisu Giade (Nigeria) Thu., May. 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm EDT
Am very happy to hear that black women with HIV is going to a full reprentatiƶn in PACHA.Am a trained emergency nurse living positively with this virus.One of the negative effect i suffered being HIV+ was rejection as a volunteer under technical aid corps Nigeria to Rwanda.Thanx
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