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SisterLove, Inc. and Merck Launch “Everyone Has A Story” Series
Unique HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Educational Series, Partnership Helps HIV+ Women of Color Share Their Stories

(Atlanta) March 10, 2011: In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,
SisterLove, Inc., with support from Merck, today announced the launch of “Everyone Has a Story,” a
mini-documentary and educational HIV/AIDS treatment and care resource. “Everyone Has a Story”
features interviews with HIV positive women speaking about the challenges of HIV and how they
seek to overcome them in their daily lives. It gives the HIV/AIDS community a unique new tool to
bring HIV-positive women critical information and support, and help improve treatment access and
adherence among women of color.
In the United States, women account for more than one-quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.
Among Black Americans, 1 in 30 women will receive a positive HIV diagnosis at some point in
their lifetime. “We have come a long way over the 30 years of the HIV epidemic, but there is still a lot to do,”
says Dazon Dixon Diallo, Executive Director of SisterLove. “At SisterLove, we have always
recognized the power of women’s voices. ‘Everyone Has a Story’ allows positive women of color
to explore issues related to HIV/AIDS while sharing their stories, which helps change the way
women of color are treated, access treatment and care, and learn to live with HIV. We are proud
and honored to partner with Merck to launch this resource and support this dialogue.”
“Everyone Has a Story” is an educational series for healthcare professionals, health advocates,
and HIV/AIDS service organizations. The series addresses critical topics around living with
HIV/AIDS, including starting and adhering to treatment, patient-provider relationships and social
support.

“Our longstanding commitment to improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care, and reducing
healthcare disparities, is part of Merck’s mission to help more and more people around the world be
well,” said Patrick Bergstedt, senior vice president and general manager, Infectious Diseases, Global Human Health, Merck. “Our collaboration with SisterLove on ‘Everyone Has a Story’ is a critical part of this ongoing commitment and we are excited to launch this resource today, in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We are proud to partner with SisterLove to make this innovative HIV/AIDS treatment and care education series available to the HIV community.”

SisterLove will debut the “Everyone Has a Story” series this evening at the Georgia Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Program and Gala, and plans to introduce the series in other major U. S. cities throughout the year. The event will honor women that have made significant contributions to fight against HIV/AIDS, including SisterLove’s Diallo.

To view the video portion of this resource, please visit www.sisterlove.org and for more
information on HIV/AIDS, please visit www.healthywithhiv.com. To Request “Everyone Has a Story”  please contact: Tiffany Pennick at 678-749-4788 or tpennick@sisterlove.org.