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March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

28 Feb

Click here to view the BABES March Calendar!

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In recognition of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, help us get the word out to women about the importance of HIV testing. Prior to March 10th, forward this information to women in your professional and personal circles.  And share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and your websites.

Learn more about National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and learn about HIV and HIV testing.

TAKE CHARGE of your health! If you’re sexually active now or in the past, ask your health provider for an HIV test. IF you have HIV, there is treatment that can help you stay healthy.

Be INFORMED! Take CHARGE! Protect YOURSELF! Get TESTED!

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HIV Awareness. TAKE ACTION with Thunderclap!
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coming up very soon. To take action, we invite you to sign up for the national HIV Awareness. Take Action! Thunderclap.

Not sure what Thunderclap is? It’s a new online tool that allows National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day supporters (people like you!) to say something together. If enough people support our HIV Awareness. Take Action! Thunderclap, a message will blast out at exactly the same time on March 10, 2014. Signing up is easy; do it today!

1.  Click “Support with Twitter,” “Support with Facebook,” and/or “Support with Tumblr” and get the word out to your followers     and friends to do the same.
2.  Visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad for additional ideas on how you can take action.
3.  On Monday, March 10, 2014, watch as everyone’s messages are shared at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Your tweet or post could empower someone to get tested or to seek treatment if they are HIV positive. That’s why we need your support. Please forward this message!

Thank you on behalf of Public Health – Seattle & King County, BABES Network-YWCA, and U.S. DHHS Region X Office on Women’s Health and HIV Regional Resource Network Program

Winter 2014 Newsletter

31 Jan

Our the Winter BABES Talking Newsletter Topic is “BABES born with HIV”

christina rockLiving with HIV for almost 30 years, for me it’s literally a lifetime.  I am living a future I never thought I would get the chance to see in a way I would have never thought possible.  I have two kids that keep me busy and a wonderful person to stand with me and support me, and I am the only one among us with HIV……

Medicine and our understanding of HIV has come so far from my childhood dominated by horrible medicines with even worse side effects,  countless doctors appointments and hospitalizations. We haven’t nailed down the cure (that will be able to cure everyone) yet, but we are making leaps and bounds, and surely we are not so far removed from a future free of HIV.  I personally have gone from an all time high of 39 pills a day, to just one.

In fact, an outsider unaware of my positive status, looking at my day to day activities wouldn’t know that I have HIV at all, unless they specifically looked up what that one little multivitamin sized pill was exactly for.  That is not to say that HIV doesn’t impact my life.  It’s just not as visible anymore.

I’ve always been the grandma amongst my friends.  I enjoyed going out and “partying”, but I was always the one to cut our evening short.  My liver already works overtime filtering the meds, anything more than a couple of drinks here and there will certainly guarantee an “elevated liver enzyme” result on my next labs.  Before I met my partner and had kids, I was afraid drinking too much around strangers would put me at risk of lowered inhibitions, not only of “hooking up” without protection, but in many states I could be charged criminally just for exposing someone to HIV.

Now that I’m a mom, I don’t have time to go out and party.  Now I worry about accidental exposure to my kids, even though my viral load is undetectable and transmission risk is therefore exceptionally low, there is always that concern especially going through the “biting phase” of toddler years.  Even though my partner and I use protection,  I always am worried about what his next routine test will say.

Your experience surely varies as we are all unique.  For now I’m so thankful for my overall health, and my family’s. There is always something to worry about; all I can do is take my medicine, try to push the what ifs away, and make dinner.

 

Please check out the Winter Newsletter to find out what events are going on this month and read other stories from some of our BABES that were born with HIV.

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Annual One Day Retreat

Self-Care Retreat for HIV+ Women only!

Saturday, February 22nd

10-4pm

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Join us for a day of self-care we will have games, yummy lunch provided by ViiV Healthcare, HIV education with Dr. Peter Shalit, goodie bags and more!

Please RSVP to 206-720-5566, we hope you can join us.

You can honor a BABE this World AIDS Day!

1 Dec

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Will you join BABES Network—YWCA and support women like Nee Nee this World AIDS Day?

When Nee Nee was diagnosed with HIV and also AIDS in 1998, she didn’t know where to go for help.  She moved from the hospital, to a nursing home, to her mother’s home – all while trying to maintain a complicated health regimen.

Then in 2003, she found BABES Network.  BABES helped Nee Nee gain control of her disease—she learned the importance of taking her medication every day, making regular doctor appointments and taking care of her mental and physical needs.

Since joining BABES, Nee Nee is often the first one to arrive for weekly support-group and she hasn’t missed a single BABES retreat.  Nee Nee reminds me why BABES exists – so that women living with HIV/AIDS can confide in each other and share their daily struggles and triumphs.

If you already made a gift to support BABES over the holiday – thank you!  If you haven’t, today, in honor of World AIDS Day and women living with HIV/AIDS everywhere, will you make a gift to support BABES Network—YWCA? Make sure and designate BABES Network in the comments box!

Your gift can go even further today, because an anonymous supporter is MATCHING every gift of $100 or more!

Read more stories of bravery, strength and spirit by clicking here!

Thank you for keeping BABES in your thoughts this World AIDS Day and holiday season!

With deepest gratitude,

Nicole Price
Program Manager for BABES

P.S.  Please go to the donate tab to make your gift to BABES and women living with HIV/AIDS today!

Fall is Here!

1 Oct

Halloween Party/Women’s Support Group

Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm.

Even grown-ups should have fun on Halloween! Wear a Halloween costume and win a prize for the most creative costume!

We will play some games and eat a yummy lunch. Please RSVP so that we know how many ladies to expect: 206-720-5566.

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 Find out what’s going on this month in the October Calendar!

 

 

Brenda Higgins promoted to Lead Peer Advocate!

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Brenda has been with BABES Network-YWCA for three years and we are happy to share that she was promoted to Lead Peer Advocate on September 10th! Brenda has worked very hard; this is a well-deserved promotion for her.

Brenda will be taking on more responsibilities in this new role. Mostly, this will include her taking on a greater leadership position here at BABES! Thank you Brenda for sharing your story at Stella Steps Out! Your journey and where you are today is remarkable.

We are so lucky to have you on the BABES team! Keep Rockin’ Brenda!

Retreat Reflections 2013

30 Aug

The Fall newsletter is stories from women that attended the Annual BABES Retreat in July. Thank you to the ladies for sharing your stories with us. 34 HIV positive women and 10 staff and volunteers had a great weekend out on Vashon Island. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, some HIV education and self care workshops, karaoke, arts and crafts as well as canoeing! We can’t wait for next year!!

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Here’s a sneak peek at one of the articles from the newsletter:

Going on the BABES Leadership Retreat in July was a step in the right direction. Spending the weekend in a relaxing environment with other women facing the same challenges was just what I needed. The most inspirational moment for me was the closing circle. We were asked to choose something we wanted to get rid of to throw into an imaginary fire, and to pick something we wanted to take away with us…….. To view the full newsletter click here.

 

 

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Its that time of year for the Seattle AIDS Walk! Join the Howlin’ BABES team on Saturday, September 28th at 9am in volunteer park to raise awareness and money for the many programs Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides to people living with HIV in our community!