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The Women's Collective (TWC) is a leading community health and human service agency that provides direct services and advocates for the health and human rights of girls and women.

Call to discuss the journey of women in HIV cure research - new data adds urgency

Friday, September 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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The journey of women in HIV research has taken a very positive turn in recent years as researchers have been far more open to the input of HIV+ women and their advocates in designing and conducting studies to help overcome knowledge, social and structural barriers that keep women from participating.

HIV cure research is in its infancy and we are unfortunately facing some of the same old hurdles in that the needs and concerns of women are not always taken fully into account and HIV+ women and their advocates are needed to help us overcome those hurdles.

This call will start with a brief presentation by Jonathan Karn, from Case Western University, who presented on the research recently in Vancouver, and be followed by an open discussion for how women and their advocates and allies can work together to help build awareness of cure research among women and to advocate for increased resources to ensure easier participation of women in studies.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower women, girls, and their families by providing them with the skills and linkages to meet their self-defined needs, increase their access to care and support, and engage them so that they are best equipped to 'own' their health outcomes, improve their quality of life, and protect their rights. We provide a wide range of services and programs along the prevention to care continuum via three departments: 1) care, 2) prevention, and 3) policy and advocacy. Services and programs are peer-based, culturally-competent, girl- and woman-focused, and family-centered.

For many women and girls, HIV infection is not the most salient issue they face—significant poverty; lack of safe, affordable housing; trauma and violence; substance use; mental health issues; chronic health issues such as breast cancer and heart disease; and myriad other problems associated with their socioeconomic status—are far more pressing than HIV. TWC works to effectively and efficiently address the range of issues women and girls face that impact their overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

History and Background

As the only women- and girl-serving agency in the Washington, D.C. area, we are experienced at working with low income, disadvantaged, and marginalized women and girls ages 12+. TWC grew out of the life experience of the Founder/Executive Director, Patricia Nalls, a woman living with HIV/AIDS who used her personal story to create this unique organization and model of care. Since 1992, The Women's Collective has engaged women and girls living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS in a variety of ways that respect their expertise, ideas, voices, needs, and experiences. . 1331 rhode island avenue ne | washington dc 20018 | 202.483.7003


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