Karishma recently left the Bay Area, her lifetime home, moving to DC with her partner. Karishma joined HIVE in 2015 after having already rocked it at San Francisco General Hospital since 2013. Karishma was not only the enthusiastic get-it-done-right, she-can-do-all-things-programmatic hub of HIVE activity, she was also a constant soulful and kind presence. She helped us stay organized, efficient, and connected with our hearts. Karishma is about doing right by the people and communities we serve and, as the only full-time staff member of HIVE, was the leadership love glue that kept us all together and aligned with our core values.
At the PrEP for Women dinner we launched the curated web page with women-centric PrEP resources, a crowd-sourced effort from allies across the U.S. Palm cards promoted the web page (we have extra; reach out if you want some to share locally!) and provided opportunities to bring women into the mainstream PrEP Summit conversations. We also screened the newly released #20DaystoStart PrEP for Women video from Project Inform. The video was celebrated with thunderous applause.
In order to stay at zero perinatal HIV transmissions, front line health workers must be empowered to screen people living with and affected by HIV for sexual partners and reproductive intentions. Reproductive intentions and HIV prevention go hand in hand.
One in four U.S. women have experienced gender based violence. Among women living with HIV, one in two has experienced intimate partner violence, and more than 60% have been sexually abused – 5 times the rate of the general female population.
PleasePrEPMe.org, an initiative of HIVE, is a location-based, searchable California PrEP Provider Directory formally launched in November 2015 followed by the release of the Spanish version in January 2016. #PleasePrEPMe