SisterLove, Inc. Addresses Georgia’s HIV/AIDS Crisis

To raise awareness, SisterLove holds various events throughout the year, including a signature fundraising event known as, “2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards and Leadership Institute” that will take place Friday, October 16. During the ceremony, 20 women who have been living with HIV for 20 years and serve as leaders and educators in their communities will be honored. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization.

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SisterLove also offers free HIV testing and counseling, but the best way to prevent HIV? “You must be able to comprehensively think about your sexual health. When you’re in a happy, healthy relationship and things are going well and you know your partner’s status and you’re both honest and open, your risk for HIV decreases,” White says. “If you’re struggling in a relationship, there’s no honesty, and you’re vulnerable and just need someone to love you, then your ability to think about your risk decreases and your risk for HIV increases.”

White says the most rewarding aspect of her job is being able to educate Black women on a daily basis, as well as that feeling she gets watching a lightbulb go off in someone’s head.

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“When we talk to women, we reach their children, we reach their partners, so you impact the whole family when you address women because that’s what women do,” White says. “When I’m talking to Black women, I realize that I’m talking to myself. When I’m looking at HIV risks, I’m looking at my own risks. My job is to start these conversations, find out women’s stories and to keep their love healthy and their lives healthy.”

To donate and/or learn more about the organization, visit the official Sister Love website.

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