Retreat time!

2 May

BABES Annual Retreat

July 11th-13th

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It’s that time of year and the sun is shining as we are starting to plan the BABES Annual Retreat! Call to request an application and they will be mailed on May 16th. Applications are due by June 20th and retreat notification letters will be mailed June 27th. There is a $50 registration fee with some scholarships available. Give us a call for more details 206-720-5566.

 

Stella Steps Out!!

SSO-Logo-colorNoTagBABES is starting to get ready for this fall’s annual fundraiser  Stella Steps Out. This year celebrates our 25th anniversary!!! It’s going to be fabulous!

Work as a collaborative group to raise critical funds to support the amazing work of BABES Network-YWCA! Coordinate a fantastic event that joyfully elevates the value of BABES in our community. Provide the community an opportunity to make a financial investment in something that matters.

* Participate in one or more sub-committees (auction item procurement, sponsorship, table captain and guest    recruitment)

* Assist with the recruitment of new guests, auction items, and sponsors

* Attend the event either as a volunteer or guest!

We are looking for volunteers who want to join the committee – send me an email nicole@babesnetwork.org or give me a call 206-720-5566.

 

The Gospel of Healing

14 Apr

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Community Q and A on HIV Cures!

1 Apr

Partner in Strength

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

YWCA

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.