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Giving Advocates a Voice: An Update on the U.S. Positive Women’s Network


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women account for roughly 25% of the U.S. HIV epidemic. Yet women are often under-diagnosed, and they regularly face discrimination and limited access to care and treatment.

Since launching in 2008, the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (PWN), a project of Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) in Oakland, California, has worked to unite HIV positive women across the country and give advocates a cohesive voice. PWN coordinator Naina Khanna and communications coordinator Sonia Rastogi recently sat down with BETA to give an update on the network’s current and upcoming activities. 

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