Legacy Counseling luncheon marks Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Posted on 09 Mar 2015 at 12:14pm

legacylogoLegacy Counseling Center presents “Love After HIV/AIDS,” a lunch and learn event that explores disclosure, marriage, family and issues important to people living with HIV, in honor of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, March 10.

About one in four people living with HIV are women, and about 217,000 women — 80 percent of whom are of childbearing age (15 to 44) — are HIV-positive.

A number of issues surrounding HIV are specific to women dealing with the virus.

If you are pregnant and HIV-positive, take HIV medicine. If you take medicine, the risk of passing HIV to your baby is less than 1 percent, according to a press release sent by Legacy.

Even when they know their status, about one in four women postpone medical care because of barriers such as family, depression or threat of partner violence. Legacy urged women who are HIV-positive to seek medical care and call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233).

The luncheon takes place at noon at The Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St. and is free. RSVP to attend email info@legacycounseling.org or call 214-520-6308 ext. 384.

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