"You Can't Love Another Without Loving Yourself!"
How many times have we heard that phrase? In music, in film, on RuPaul's drag race, in classical literature, the sentiment is everywhere.
Love Your Life is an HIV awareness campaign to celebrate the life in living, and to celebrate the notion that every moment counts, that every second is beautiful, and that we are strong women who have the power to love our lives and shine.
Self-care is a huge part of that, and knowing your HIV Status is critical. At Iris House, we offer free, confidential and rapid HIV Testing five days a week at any of our three locations in New York and New Jersey, and can often be found in the community testing on weekends.
Come join us, get tested and know your status. If you're negative, we can help you stay that way. If you're positive, we've got amazing connections and support programs. Either way, we can help you love your life, because that's what it's all about!
Love Your Life!
Join the Love Your Life Support Group!
The Love Your Life Support Group is a virtual group for women living with HIV across the United States. Women can access this group either through the phone (cellphone or landline) or through a computer. In this support group trained professionals will be facilitating discussions about a series of topics, including: HIV treatment, disclosure, relationships, sex, stigma, family, empowerment, mental health, and more.
The Love Your Life Support Group will take place on the second Thursday of every month from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern Time (6:00-7:00 Central Time, 5:00-6:00 Mountain Time, 4:00-5:00 Pacific Time). The first group will take place on July 12th, 2018. (Followed by August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13, 2018.)
If you are interested in participating in the group, you must fill out an intake form. Please note that the information you provide in this form will be completely confidential and will not be shared with any other members of the group. After you complete this form, you will be given information about how to access the support group.
Click here to fill out the intake form online.
If you have any further questions or would prefer to complete your intake over the phone, please contact Veronica Karp (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-423-9049, extension 312). Veronica is available Monday-Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm Eastern Time, and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm Eastern Time.
A great resource for information on HIV is the Kaiser Family Foundation, which provided the statistics on this page. You can read more about women and HIV on their website.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has some amazing information you can read about here.
If you are not in New York or New Jersey and are looking for great resources for women and HIV, check out our Love Your Life Partners
National Minority AIDS Council of Orangburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties
The Afiya Center
or visit some of our other sister agencies:
The National Women and AIDS Collective
The Positive Women's Network
Sister Love (Atlanta, Georgia)
Christie's Place (San Diego, California)
Nationwide Free HIV Testing