It doesn’t make headlines, but more woman than ever—over 1,250 in our community—are living with HIV. Often these women are caregivers, sometimes single mothers, or even grandmothers caring for their grand-kids. Living with HIV can be an isolating experience, often compounded with other issues like stigma. Fortunately, AIDS Services of Austin works daily to reach women who may not know their status, to help women overcome stigma, and to build a supportive, inclusive, and empowered community of women.
It is with this purpose that ASA is proud to host our 4th Annual Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon. The luncheon helps support the Women’s Giving Circle, a network of donors committed to funding programs that serve women living with HIV and AIDS, such as the Women Rising Project.
Many women affected by HIV find themselves isolated, unable to lean on family or friends for emotional support and too busy taking care of families to take care of their own health. Through individual health promotion counseling with CLEAR, a Healthy Relationships Group called the Hummingbird Circle, and an education, support, advocacy, and peer leadership group named Women Rising Project, women find a new community and a new network of support to help them gain the strength they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
To honor the peer support women find at ASA, our luncheon theme this year is Stand With Us. We hope you will join us as we pledge to stand in support of the women we serve.
This year’s luncheon is on Wednesday, May 6th from 11:30 – 1:00 at Shoal Crossing Event Center. We are honored to feature two incredible speakers: Patricia Young Brown, the President and CEO of Central Health, and Dr. Ratonia C. Runnels, faculty at Texas Woman’s University and a member of the Women Rising Project. Together, we aim to build a network to educate, empower, and inspire women we serve who are living with and affected by HIV.
In one way or another, we are all women affected by HIV and AIDS.