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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-25 - Owning, Accepting, and Changing Our Lives: HIV Vulnerability, Risk, and Stigma

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This exploratory and interactive workshop will focus on social determinants and how they can make women vulnerable to HIV. Participants will become familiar with the concept of HIV vulnerability and explore this concept via a series of group activities, exercises, demonstrations, and discussion. At the end of the session participants will come to realize that vulnerability to HIV can arise from experiences spanning one’s life and not just from one moment in time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Incease understanding of key social determinants and how they influence the spread of HIV among vulnerable populations, in this case women.
  • Better assist women in understanding their vulnerabilities to HIV; how these vulnerabilities may lead to HIV; and moving beyond stigma, getting tested and getting linked to services.
  • Better assist women in disclosing their stories so that they might be able to assist other women in confronting their own fear, shame, and embarrassment around knowing their HIV status and getting and staying in care.


Vanessa Johnson

Board Chair, National Women's AIDS Collective (NWAC)
Ms. Johnson has 28 years of experience in health and consumer related issues. Of the 28 years, 14 years have been spent developing and providing capacity building training and leadership development to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) with a special emphasis on women living with... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Ethan Allen

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