On behalf of SisterLove’s staff and volunteers, let me welcome you to our Internet home. We are so pleased that you are interested in SisterLove and the work we do to educate and empower women on the issues of sexual health.
SisterLove is a non-profit organization with a commitment to spread the word about HIV transmission and prevention. Our task may seem simple, but it is not.
We came to this work with an understanding of the underlying factors that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS, America’s “collective complacency” and its apparent inability to reduce the numbers of persons affected by HIV. All of this is to say that we came to this fight prepared and with the knowledge that others understand the need for this work. Our gratitude for these, often nameless, “others” is undying. It is because of your support that we are able to encourage, support and empower women affected by and infected with HIV.
From the beginning, SisterLove’s focus has been the AIDS crisis and its impact upon women and particularly those of color. Since the mid-80′s HIV and AIDS have stratified American society. First labeled the “gay disease” and now thought of as a “minority health crisis”, AIDS, and the virus that causes it, continue to challenge America by drawing attention to the many “isms” that are it’s history.
It could have easily been foreseen that HIV and AIDS would come to plague communities of color within the United States. The lack of adequate and affordable health care for the working poor and those living in poverty unduly affect Americans of African, Latin and Native American descent. The political and social systems that contribute to disparities of wealth, education and employment are the same systems that make communities of color virtual breeding grounds for communicable disease.
Today’s fight against HIV/AIDS requires continued medical research and compassion for those without gender based boundaries on whom they love. Today’s fight against AIDS also requires us to examine our attitudes and beliefs about poverty, racism, human rights, sexism and classism. In addition to “finding a cure”, our aptitude for halting the spread of HIV/AIDS rests upon our ability to convince those who have generally been unseen and unheard to fight for our right to health information, ethical treatment and responsive health care. To demand that we not simply be considered by scientific researchers and legislatures, but that our needs and issues be their primary focus.
Social injustice and inequities are not new to America. We have appeared to accept, if not condone, the existence of ills that have unchartered financial, psychological and spiritual impact on Americans. We appear to have accepted the sad reality that millions of Americans will never receive satisfactory medical care. We seem to accept that racism will always exist and that women will always be expected to explain their decision to “stay-at-home” or to work “outside the home”. We seem to believe that human rights violations are only made by formerly Communist or totalitarian governments. Collectively Americans have reached a state of complacency that makes it all the more difficult for many to understand how a “health crisis” may shift how we define ourselves as a people and as a country.
But among those who are comfortable wearing “rose colored glasses” are those who know that “change gonna come”. The tint and clarity of that coming change depends upon the positive contributions of those determined to create a loving and compassionate world that nurtures every being. The positive and productive energies of the young and the old, the black and the white, the homosexual and the heterosexual, the advantaged and the disadvantaged… is what moves us at SisterLove to continue our work. The power of love knows no bounds.
Together we will learn the necessary lessons and rise to the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS. We welcome you to this fight and hope that you will find information and inspiration here. Let us hear from you. Let us know how you’d like to contribute. Let us know your thoughts about our work. Feed your interest, stay involved. There is reason to hope and reason to continue this work. As it has been said before, our well being and our very lives depend upon it.
Peace and Blessings,