WORLD House & Women’s Clinic Grand Opening Celebration

‘Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases’ (WORLD)
seeks to improve delivery of lifesaving HIV/AIDS care and services to
women in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area with new Rise Above women’s
clinic

OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
affiliate organization Women
Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD)
is proud
to celebrate the ribbon
cutting
of the new WORLD House location, which will allow WORLD to
expand its vital HIV/AIDS services in the Oakland community. WORLD
provides direct social services, including psychosocial support, to over
300 HIV-positive women and their families in Oakland and reaches
thousands more through the Greater Bay Area by providing HIV/AIDS and
STD education/prevention, linkage to care, research and advocacy.


“This new
location
allows WORLD to expand outreach to more marginalized women
who are most at risk for HIV/AIDS. The goal for our Rise Above women’s
clinic is to increase the retention in care of high-risk diagnosed
individuals through culturally competent, women-focused prevention and
service programs,” said Cynthia Carey-Grant, Executive Director
of WORLD. “It is the perfect utilization of the unique partnership
between WORLD and AHF and the fulfillment of a vision born from our
affiliation less than two years ago. As we prepare to celebrate WORLD’s
25th Anniversary this fall, we are excited by the expanded service and
care possibilities this new location affords our agency.”

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Celebration for new WORLD House & Rise Above
women’s clinic

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9th, 4:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: WORLD House, 389 30th St., Oakland, CA 94609

WORLD AND AHF

In the summer of 2014, the Oakland-based WORLD affiliated with AIDS
Healthcare Foundation, a global organization serving more than 590,000
patients, in order to expand its capacity to provide critical lifesaving
services to women, girls, families and communities affected by HIV in
Oakland and the Greater Bay Area. Both organizations serve HIV-positive
clients with a wide variety of free services.

HIV/AIDS in Oakland/East Bay/Alameda County

The Oakland TGA contains the highest percentage of diagnosed AIDS cases
among women of any major metropolitan area in the western United States.
As of December 31, 2013, fully 17.8% of all people living with HIV and
AIDS in our two-county region were women, as compared to percentages of
12.2% for Los Angeles County, 12.0% for the State of California, and
6.5.% for San Francisco County. A total of 1,330 women were living with
HIV or AIDS in the Oakland TGA as of December 31, 2013, and of these,
fully 81.1% are members of ethnic minority communities. The population
of women living with HIV grew by 24.5% between 2008 and 2013, from 1,068
women living with HIV and AIDS at the end of 2008 to 1,330 at the end of
2013. Over the same period, the number of women living with non-AIDS HIV
grew by 47.4% over the same period, from 397 PLWH in 2008 to 437 in 2013.

African American women are particularly impacted by the local HIV
women’s epidemic, accounting for only 12.1% of the adult female
population of the FSN region yet accounting for nearly two-thirds
(61.4%) of all women living with HIV/AIDS. By contrast, non-Hispanic
white women account for 39.7% of the TGA population but only 18.9% of
HIV/AIDS prevalence. Latina and Asian/Pacific Islander women account for
13.5% and 3.5% of HIV/AIDS prevalence respectively, while representing
23.2% and 22.0% of the adult female population. Three out of every five
women living with HIV in the Oakland TGA were infected through
heterosexual transmission (60.3%) while 22.5% were infected through
injection drug use (IDU). Reflecting the length of the HIV epidemic in
Oakland, women age 50 and older make up nearly half (47.4%) of ALL women
living with HIV in our region, posing new challenges for service
providers who must integrate women’s geriatric care issues into existing
HIV care systems.

About WORLD

WORLD (‘Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases’) is a
diverse organization for, by, and about women living with, and at risk
for, HIV/AIDS. WORLD improves the lives and health of women, girls,
families and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education,
wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development. We envision a
world where women, girls, and families affected by HIV and AIDS have the
tools, support, and knowledge to live healthy and productive lives with
dignity. Our vision is rooted in a commitment to human rights and
wellness with the understanding that this includes freedom from
violence; access to housing; quality healthcare; food security;
physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing; education and economic
justice.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS
healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care
and/or services to more than 590,000 individuals in 35 countries
worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe,
and Asia. Additional information is available at www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @AIDSHealthcare.

Contacts

WORLD
Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases
Cynthia
Carey-Grant, Executive Director

Office: (510) 986-0340
info@womenhiv.org
or
AIDS
Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Senior Director
Communications
Office: (323) 308-1833
Mobile: (323) 791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org

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