Our mission at Poz Haven is to inspire love and hope to women diagnosed with HIV delivering services with a change in attitude and an innovative approach to break through the stigma to achieve a healthier outcome.
Who We Are:
Poz Haven Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization fighting to change the way communities look at HIV by changing the language we use when addressing HIV. We started out as a grassroots advocacy speaking on the streets to individuals so we can get their opinion on the HIV virus. Providing mentoring over the phone to women who have been newly diagnosed and helping them get through their diagnosis and letting them know the importance of staying in care in hopes that they can achieve an undetectable viral load. Poz Haven Foundation wants to develop a relationship, a friendship, a closeness with women of color, African women and women of trans experience that have been diagnosed with HIV those who need the support and showing them that there is someone out there that cares about what is needed in the community when it comes to HIV and working to end the stigma associated with HIV. Being a surrogate for women of color who are not open with their status. Creating a hub of information where people can access policies and assistance in a simple and understanding way.
HIV in women of color
There are 34 million worldwide living with HIV, 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and Black women continue to be diagnosed with HIV at disproportionately higher rates than their white counterparts, stated by the CDC. In 2016 Black women in the United States were accounted for only 13% of the United States population, but 60% of the new HIV diagnosis were Black women.
Lacking the use of condoms and having sexual intercourse with numerous partners will bring the risk of being diagnosed even higher. African Americans have less access to health care, poverty, racial discrimination and a higher rate of incarceration all this can cause the rate of HIV diagnosis to climb. There is also the stigma associated with HIV fear of disclosing sexual orientation, or one’s risk behavior. It is very important to know one’s HIV status, but those who don’t know their HIV status can’t get into care and this will cause someone to transmit HIV unknowingly to someone else.
HIV affects us all as a whole no matter our age, race, gender or religion.
How to know if you're HIV positive?
The only way to know for sure if you're HIV positive is to get tested. It's so much better to know than not to know. Knowing your HIV status is very important. If you have contracted HIV you should be in care as soon as possible and start taking better care of your health by getting on ARV's (HIV Medication). Knowing your HIV status will also prevent you from transmitting HIV.