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Building an Organized Voice for U.S. Women Living With HIV

Part One of a Two-Part Conversation With Founding Members of the Positive Women's Network of the United States of America

    Pat Kelly Wilks
    Dee Borrego Vanessa Johnson Naina Khanna Waheedah Shabazz-El Pat Kelly Wilks
    "The founding was really inspiring to me, to be able to get to see some activists who'd been living with HIV for as long as I'd been alive, and to see the struggles that they'd been dealing with, and to see how they had handled them." -- Dee Borrego
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    "\[Through the PWN Southern Summit, women\] from the South got an opportunity to really meet some other powerful women working in the field and making changes for us, for themselves. It left those women really on fire to move forward and do something where they were at." -- Pat Kelly Wilks
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    "PWN has a different perspective on what's happening with HIV in the country ... and that's the social justice perspective. I thought it was a very interesting way to look at what is happening to a group of people being impacted by disease, and saying that there's a larger context in which we need to look at this." -- Vanessa Johnson
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    "Part of what PWN-USA has been able to shift is what representation looks like, in terms of being a group that is accountable to a larger constituency. Some advocacy groups or organizations, or federal agencies, understand that when they call PWN-USA, they're not calling the individual; they're calling a network." -- Naina Khanna
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    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.