Positive Women's Network - USA Launches #PWNCares to Address the Biggest Challenges of Women Living with HIV

13 October 2017

The Positive Women's Network - USA is using multimedia technology to support recently diagnosed or isolated women living with HIV as they seek answers through their new project, #PWNCares. In a series of short videos, women with HIV, including women of trans experience, will share their experiences, wisdom they have learned through years of living with the virus and encouragement for women who are struggling with their diagnosis. Following release of each video, the stars of each film will also lead web-based "coffee table conversations" where they can talk directly to participants online.

The videos, which will be available on YouTube as well as in a downloadable format through PWN-USA's website, will be accompanied by a discussion guide for use in support groups or educational settings. PWN-USA will be working with media partners, AIDS service organizations, medical providers, and community-based organizations to disseminate the series and reach women who can most benefit from it.

"As peer-led services for people with HIV are disappearing, we are thrilled to launch #PWN Cares, which will fill a critical gap: supporting women living with HIV during moments of isolation," said Naina Khanna, executive director of PWN-USA. "Feeling alone is a major barrier to engagement and retention in care. Many women, especially outside of major urban centers, may not know any other women living with HIV. Our goal is to provide them the tools, knowledge and support they need to make healthy decisions for themselves and live life to the fullest -- while also offering a pathway into a national community of women living with HIV."

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