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Women in the Loop

Winter 1998-99

Support Groups, etc.

Women at Risk

Beverly Hills: 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

Couples Group: This group is for HIV+ women and their HIV-partners. Meets in Santa Monica twice a month -- needs participants.

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: 213.727.7896
Also on Fridays at 11am. Child care and transportation possible, Contact Dina at 213.993.1450

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 comunidad y voz.

Crisis Hotline
Spanish: 800.303.7432

Support for Mom
Mothers of AIDS Patients is a support group offering confidential counseling and emotional support to those who have or have had a family member or loved one with HIV/AIDS. Group 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).

Women with Children
Valley HIV/AIDS Center: Every Tuesday, 11:30am - 1pm. 6850 Van Nuys Blvd. Childcare provided: call Chris 818.908.3840

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: 9:00 to 9:00, Monday thru Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Sat./Sundays. 1.800.400.7432 (Avance Inc.)

Children's Services

Court Dependent
Caring for Babies with AIDS facilities for children who are dependents of the court. Case management: 213.931.9828

Tuesday's Child
Provides diapers, cribs, financial assistance and parties for HIV infected children, 310.204.2081

Family AIDS Network services for children with HIV and their families: 213.669.5616. case management. 213.669.2463 6430 Sunset #1202

Legal Assistance

Aids Discrimination Unit

Legal Aid Foundation

County Bar Aids Prjct
213.627.2727: 617 S. Olive St.

Substance Programs

Cry Help
11027 N. Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818.985.8323

His Sheltering Arms
6 month program for HIV+ women. Alcohol & drug free living: 213.755.6646

Methadone Treatment
HIV/AIDS & opiate dependent. 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

Tarzana Treatment Center
Transitional Housing Program, a sober living type atmosphere for HIV positive men and women who are on parole or probation. Located in the SanFernando Valley. For more info contact Debbie Jones at 818.342.5897

Clean Needles Now
Provides clean needles, kits, alcohol pads, sterile cookers, cotton, condoms and other supplies. Also provides on-site HIV testing, adolescent and political support groups. Harm Reduction Central, 1602 Cahuenga Blv. LA. 90028 (323)240-0280

Alcoholism Center for Women
Six-month residential & outpatient recovery programs. 323.381.8500

Alternative Therapies

Women Alive at 1566 S. Burnside Ave. offers massage for women every Thursday from 11 am. Invigorating for the body and satisfying to the soul. Call Aleece for an appointment: 323.965.1564


Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food (PAF) prepares and delivers over 900 meals daily to men, women and children living with AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. These meals are hot, nutritious and prepared by professional chefs and volunteer assistants.

If you are a woman living with HIV/AIDS and disabled by HIV you may be eligible to receive a free delicious lunch daily from Project Angel Food. Our meals are delivered daily between 12:00pm-2:00pm by trained volunteers. There's no need to worry about your confidentiality, our trained volunteers deliver your meal in a Ralph's shopping bag and there is absolutely nothing that identifies them as Project Angel Food Volunteers or any association with an AIDS service agency. To get more information about starting services contact the Project Angel Food Client Hotline at 213.845.1810. Or you could have your meal delivered to Women Alive: Ask Aleece for more information

Heart Touch Project
Provides touch therapy services to non-ambulatory persons with AIDS in their own homes or in the hospital. Patients must have approval from their primary health provider to insure that massage is not contraindicated for their condition. 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

Medical Services

L.A. County 5p21
Assists all HIV+ women regardless of ability to pay. HIV specialists are on staff. 213.343.8255 Maternal Child Care clinic: 213.224.2662

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. 213.295.6571 Staff is multilingual

Jeffrey Goodman Clinic
The lesbian/gay services center offers an HIV women's clinic. 1625 N. Schrader, 213.993.7500

Clinical Studies

Every clinical trial has requirements about who can join. If a woman meets these requirements, she can join. In many studies, women must agree to use birth control if they have sex with men. Pregnant or nursing women usually can't join a trial of an untested drug. However, there are now a few studies for pregnant women. These studies look at transmission of HIV not the treatment of HIV infection.

ACTG 291
Phase II Recombinant Human Nerve Growth Factor for HIV associated sensory neuropathy: 310.206.6414

ACTG 242
Amitriptyline vs. Mexiletine for Painful Neuropathy 310.206.6414

ACTG 293
Accutane: Phase III study of Accutane (oral isotrention) vs. observation for low-grade (CIN-1) cervical dysplasia by comparing the time to progression of CIN-1 to CIN-II, III or invasive cancer. Investigator: Ardis Moe, MD. 310.206.6414

ACTG 320
Phase III to determine the clinical efficacy of indinavir sulfate or placebo in combination with AZT and 3Tc. 310.206.6414

213.343.8324 A wide variety of clinical studies are open to women, including antivirals, protease inhibitors, prevention and treatment of OI's.

La Escuela de asistencia social en la U.S.C. está llevando a cabo una encuesta de encuesta es completamente confidencial, y se paga $20. llame al 213.740.0299

To see how Viracept and saquinavir, in combination with d4T and 3Tc, are processed by womens' bodies. To see if these combinations are safe and effective for HIV-positive women to take. To observe gynecological events associated with HIV disease.

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
HIV-positive women ages 18-50 are needed for a research study. This FDA-funded study will measure the effects of testosterone replacement on body weight, muscle mass and function, and quality of life. Monetary compensation provided. For more information call: 310.222.8152

HIV Infection in Children
To see if 141W94 is safe and effective when combined with other antiretroviral drugs in fighting HIV infection in children. To see how 141W94 is processed by childrens' bodies. Maternal Child Program, USC-Melissa Scanlon -- 323.226.5095

Wasting Treatment -- Oxandrolone
To see if oxandrolone is safe and to see its effect on body weight and body composition in HIV-infected women. AHF -- 213.913.3953

Weight Loss in Women -- Nandrolone Decanoate
To see if nandrolone decanoate is safe and effective treatment for women experiencing HIV-associated unintentional weight loss. LAC-USC-Medical Center. 323.343.8281

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. Other activities are listed in the columns to the right. Operating hours are from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday: 1566 S. Burnside Ave. Los Angeles, Ca. 90015 323. 965.1564 or call our hot line 800.554.4876.

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

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

Womens Link
Womens Link provides Case Management services, rental assistance and a variety of other services. Located at 401 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite B, Inglewood, Ca. 90301 310.419.8087

Los Angeles Family AIDS Network, provides emotional support, Case Management, and other assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Call 323.669-5616

Alternative Treatment
Support Group

For anyone living with a chronic condition:
HIV, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Etc.

Every Friday at 7pm
Emperor's College
1807 Wilshire Blvd. Room 1-J
in Santa Monica


Group leaders: Brooke Asher and Noelle Miller

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