Providing health care with dignity

The results are in undetectable = untransmissible; it had been for sometime.  Promotion seems necessary, we are still trying to sell PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis)  that is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected… And now we have even better outcomes to share; people with undetectable viral loads cannot pass on HIV to their sex partners.

Lots of people living with HIV have injected  “I’m undetectable“… in their peer conversations.  Imagine how relieve they are to add … “uninfectious which means I will not pass on HIV to  you when disclosing to sex partners.

For the  people who make it their business to inject fear into sexuality and sexual relationships for people living with HIV it will be difficult to embrace the results undetectable = untransmissible .    Many continue to harbor (believe) outdated information on HIV.  The ones who continue to spread unhealthy fear from their places of influence; such as health care workers at HIV treatment sites.  Some are so set in their judgmental behavior  which can breed shame in the clients they serve, and shame is a known enemy of health and recovery…defeating the purpose they are engaged to fill.

Undetectable = untransmissible …mmm.  What does this really mean for women living with HIV?   Will this be motivation to tolerate the side effects of ARVs?

Will access to treatment and care become more accessible?  Health care providers that respect clients/patients and provide dignified treatment and care.  Schedule blood test with the results available in a timely manner and discussed with clients.  Pharmacist that respect your privacy and confidentiality enough to resist making snide remarks to your love ones picking up your prescription.

JCW+ will be having Test , Start and Stay conversations for women living with HIV because it is important that we are in an informed position to take responsibility for our health….and demand a quality standard of care.

In January 2017, the Ministry of Health’s National HIV Programme adopted the 2015 (World Health Organization) WHO guidelines, which recommend that anyone who is diagnosed HIV positive be offered treatment (Test and Start).  Treatment as a method of prevention is another benefit of the WHO new guidelines as more PLHIV are virally suppressed and consequently the risk of transmission is decreased.

According to the announcement made last year at the National HIV Programme annual review and planning retreat, the ‘Test & Start’ initiative anticipates that an additional 1200 new patients will be eligible for treatment.

Current estimates are that over twenty nine thousand persons are living with HIV in Jamaica; but approximately 19% are unaware of their status.

HIV is very much on the priority agenda..it is the approaches to interventions that MUST be adjusted.

Letting Go of Fear

S. Strachen

Fear is at the core of codependency. It can motivate us to control situations or neglect ourselves.
Many of us have been afraid for so long that we don’t label our feelings fear. We’re used to feeling upset and anxious. It feels normal.
Peace and serenity may be uncomfortable.
At one time, fear may have been appropriate and useful. We may have relied on fear to protect ourselves, much the way soldiers in a war rely on fear to help them survive. But now, in recovery, we’re living life differently.
It’s time to thank our old fears for helping us survive, then wave good-bye to them. Welcome peace, trust, acceptance, and safety. We don’t need that much fear anymore. We can listen to our healthy fears, and let go of the rest.
We can create a feeling of safety for ourselves, now. We are safe, now. We’ve made a commitment to take care of ourselves. We can trust and love ourselves.
God, help me let go of my need to be afraid. Replace it with a need to be at peace. Help me listen to my healthy fears and relinquish the rest.

Freedom from Compulsive Disorders

S. Strachen

Thank you for keeping me straight yesterday. Please help me stay straight today.
—paraphrased from Alcoholics Anonymous
When I first began my recovery from codependency, I was furious about having to begin another recovery program. Seven years earlier, I had begun recovery from chemical dependency. It didn’t seem fair that one person should have to address two major issues in one lifetime.
I’ve gotten over my anger. I’ve learned that my recoveries aren’t isolated from one another. Many of us recovering from codependency and adult children issues are also recovering from addictions: alcoholism, other drug dependency, gambling, food, work, or sex addiction. Some of us are trying to stay free of other compulsive disorders—ranging from caretaking to compulsively feeling miserable, guilty, or ashamed.
An important part of codependency recovery is staying clean and free of our compulsive of addictive behaviors. Recovery is one big room we’ve entered called healthy living.
We can wave the white flag of surrender to all our addictions. We can safely turn to a Power greater than ourselves to relieve us of our compulsive behavior. We know that now. Once we begin actively working a program of recovery, God will relieve us of our addictions. Ask God each morning to help us stay free of our addictions and compulsions. Thank God for helping us the day before.
Today, God, help me pay attention to all my recovery issues. Help me know that before I can work on the finer points of my recovery, such as my relationships, I must be free of addictive behaviors.

Thanks to Sophie for sharing on Facebook

Self Care , love positively

SELF CARE

Excerpt from ICW Strategic Plan

We value the time and tremendous energy that women give to ICW

Individual self –care is important for women WHIV to sustain, motivate and support the work they are doing to improve the lives of other women.

It is of equal importance that we support our peers and ourselves to ensure we are able to maintain physical, mental and spiritual balance in work, play and caring for loved ones.

ICW strongly advocates self-care for WHIV in the advocacy movement.

Women speaking out

Ending Violence against women

All form of violence must end against all women and girls. They are our grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, niece   , cousin and friends. They are our backbones. Please stop the violence against all Women and girls.

ND

Life is short too short to get everything in life… so live life to the best of your ability.
Violence against women must stop because we are all affected in some way or another.
We as women must come out and speak up.

Sophia

 

It’s not ok to abuse, it is not ok to beat, It is not ok to accept it, and it is certainly not ok to live with it.
Have a say: Speak out about it, It is ok, help us spread the words. All for one, one for all.

Stacy Ann

 

The encouragement I would put across in the media is to motivate each other as women to stand in solidarity to end violence against women.
We should speak out and let them know that we know our rights and how to take a stand.
The sustainable development goal that apply to all country included gender equality. Women empowerment to end violence against women.

Cherry

Violence against women can stop if we as women that are affected will speak up.
Violence against women can be physical or emotional. It can affects anyone, so we must promote ending violence against women.

Collette

I love me.

Stepping out of violence poem by Mikhalia

Iie… Stop!!! Mi no want it, no please, nu touch mi there so. lie… it hot, member a dah so u kick mi last nite….lie

How can u physically, mentally and sexually  abuse me and then want to make love to me. My body is aching, it has scars all over .yet you want to caress the the wounds you inflicted.  This is it I say no, no more abuse in any form, l love you but I chose me!!!. I don’t need your love, I don’t need your, money, and I defiantly don’t need you.  I am saying goodbye to the worst things I had and hello to the best things I never had.  I love me.

Mikhalia