PWN Summit (wrote for thebody.com)

With HIV stigma you are not alone there are other women that are scared, ashamed and worried that someone will find out about their HIV status. Find a group, organization or friend you can confide in so you can talk. You are not alone.

 What I would tell another woman about PWN Speak Up Summit 2016

September 27th-30th, 2016 in Fort Walton Beach Florida I attended a women’s conference with 250 women who are diagnosed with HIV and not diagnosed with HIV. Some diagnosed over 30 years all the way down to a year. It was a great experience, something that every woman that has been diagnosed with HIV should attend. The women embraced everyone with love and made the newly diagnosed women feel a sense of comfort, hope, and relief. It was a place to learn about different HIV issues that all women seem to face when it comes to HIV. What would I tell another woman that has been diagnosed with HIV about the PWN Speak Up Summit? I would tell her that it was the most refreshing, vivid and comforting conference that will give her hope in so many ways as far as a woman diagnosed with HIV. I would tell her it will help in so many ways by allowing her to find her place and who she is. It will uplift her spirits and also make her cry, but her cries would be of joy knowing that she is not alone in this fight. I would tell her she will find sister love among so many other women who care so much about her. The weight on her shoulders would be gone because she will know that she has found sisterhood with many other women going through the same thing. In hopes, that it will get rid of the self-stigma that she causes herself as she walks around and looks at all the thriving women in front of her showing her that she can live a great, healthy, happy, vibrant life with HIV. Us women need to realize that HIV is not who you are, you are a BEAUTY, a gem, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend and most of all a human being. Never let the words of someone else destroy the awesome woman you are. Live your life for you and not for anyone else, be happy in your own skin and know that you can kick HIV in the Butt all day long!! So I say if you ever have a chance make sure you find a PWN chapter in your state www.pwn-usa.org and become a member so you can be among Sisterhood, Solidarity, and Action words by PWN. I want to say thank you to all the women who worked so hard to put this conference together and I will see you next year.

Pozitively Dee (Davina Conner)                                                                                                                     PWN Colorado

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