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...to the HIV Early Intervention Services (EIS) website, created for the HIV EIS workers of Georgia, part of a statewide system of HIV prevention, counseling and testing, and care.
NATIONAL WOMEN'S HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. In 2010, they made up two-thirds of people who got the disease by having heterosexual sex. African-American women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected. Their rate of becoming infected with HIV in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and girls.
"Our research inspired us to transform our clinic and has the potential to transform women's healthcare" - Dr. Edward Machtinger, Director of San Francisco's Women's HIV Program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Making a difference for the person in front of you
"I always ask what's keeping someone from taking an HIV test. You'd be surprised at the things people believe to be true. Often these are people who feel that their rights have been taken away. They feel powerless. Some believe they'll be discharged if they test positive. Others are afraid they'll have to stay longer. And quite a few assume that the staff will tell their family if they are diagnosed HIV-positive.
"Our clients gather under a big oak not far from the entrance to smoke and socialize. We've learned that once a message is being discussed under that tree, it has been successfully delivered," says Sheila Maynard.
Learn why numerous women at Recovery Place in Savannah not only chose to learn their HIV status but to bring their boyfriends and husbands in for testing.