World AIDS Day was yesterday and N Street Village marked the day by reaching out to its staff and clients to discuss HIV and AIDS and how the disease affects our community. We honored the many friends and family we have lost to the disease over the past three decades by asking community members to add a personal message to a memorial wall. We also celebrated the lives of those women who are living with HIV, many of whom have recently joined the N Street Village family from Miriam’s House. Information was shared about HIV transmission and safe sex tactics, including the female condom, which is the latest tool available to women worldwide to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
HIV has touched the lives of more than twenty-five percent of our clients and while the disease continues to push the limits of health care resources available to low-income women in the District, N Street Village is committed to connecting our clients to appropriate medical care and case management, and to empower our clients to make healthy life choices.
Check our future blog postings for more information about HIV/AIDS outreach and services at N Street Village and enjoy photos from yesterday’s event.By Amy Nelson – Amy sits on N Street Village’s HIV/AIDS Impact Committee and previously served on the board of directors of Miriam’s House for many years. She is a supervising attorney in the legal services program at Whitman-Walker Health, which represents low-income clients in cases involving immigration, workplace rights, access to health care, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, drug assistance programs, private insurance, transgender law, consumer rights, and estate planning. Amy graduated from Texas A&M University and George Washington University Law School and is a loyal Dallas Mavericks fan.