Love Your Life!
"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!
Women of color, particularly Black women, are disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for the majority of new HIV infections, women living with HIV, and HIV-related deaths among women in the U.S.
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
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