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Learn to Love While Living with HIV - Domestic Violence Awareness Month




The Positively Safe project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence in partnership with The Positive Women’s Network is proud to announce an upcoming webinar Love While Living with HIV, hosted on Monday, October 30, from 3-4:30 PM EST.

Studies show that 55% of women living with HIV and 20% of men living with HIV have experienced domestic violence. Additionally, survivors of domestic violence are 48% more likely to be exposed to HIV transmission as compared to those in non-violent relationships. There is a clear connection between these intersecting epidemics that need to be addressed and understood by both the domestic violence and HIV field.

The Love While Living with HIV webinar will include two components. The first half of the webinar will feature a brief presentation on the intersection of domestic violence and HIV presented by Robin Pereira, Positively Safe Specialist. The second half will be a panel discussion monitored by Barb Cardell, the Co-Executive Director of the Positive Women’s Network. This panel will feature guest speakers Liza Pereira and Meta Smith.

Liza Pereira has worked in the HIV, Harm Reduction, and Hepatitis C field for 8 years. She has been a Peer Specialist, Hep C Linkage Specialist, a Sexual Health Community Liaison, and now is the Community Liaison at Evergreen Health in Buffalo NY, where she is currently working to help people in the Sex Worker industry with linkage to care and other services. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a BA in Business Administration. Liza is also a New York State Certified Peer. Her certifications are in HIV, Hepatitis C, and Harm Reduction. She was part of the first-ever graduation class of the NYS Certified Peer program in 2016. Liza is a person living with HIV for 29 years, was cured of Hepatitis C in 2014, and has been in recovery for 25 years. She is also part of two NYS Department of Health-sponsored campaigns, HIV Stops with Me and NY Cures Hep C.

Meta Smith-Davis is a 67-year-old Beautiful, Black Female, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, widow, who is also living with HIV, for 20+ years. She is truly committed to service that enhances the lives of Black, with emphasis on Black Women Living With HIV (BWLWH). She went back to obtain her college degree at age 65. She feels that one way to be the change you want to see, is to be free from judgements and always be willing to learn. We Are The Answer We Have Been Looking For.

Both Spanish interpretation and American Sign Language will be provided for this webinar, additional accessibility requests should be sent to smoraes@nnedv.org and NNEDV will do their best to accommodate those.

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