Prevention

OUR WORK

PREVENTION

The Women’s Collective is focused on HIV prevention and promoting resiliency among women and girls. Should a positive HIV result arise, we offer a continuum of care and referrals to ensure optimal medical treatment and care retention. We believe that HIV testing empowers women and girls to protect themselves, to educate their partners, and to plan for healthy families. If you are seeking information, HIV testing resources, or you wish to learn more about how to protect yourself, or educate your community, please contact us.

HIV Prevention Care Continuum

Our prevention program focuses on early identification of HIV setting in motion effective access to care. We offer support from community health workers who use a comprehensive service model of medical case management (MCM), treatment adherence support, peer-based mentoring, and support groups.

Test & Link to Care Services

We encourage all women and girls ages 13 and above to know their HIV status by offering women-centered HIV/Hep C testing, HIV education, a variety of safer sex tools and resources. Our Test & Link to care services is a collection of robust services, that includes; comprehensive discussions with customers at greatest risk for contracting HIV, navigation to medical and support services for those who receives a positive test result, navigation to PrEP and PEP providers, and promotion of continual engagement in adherence to PrEP and PEP care, treatment and education. TWC have been serving our community for over two decades.

Youth Prevention Program

We encourage all women and girls ages 13 and older to learn about HIV and to get tested for HIV and STIs, particularly if they are sexually active. Our prevention program includes outreach and testing for HIV, hepatitis C, referrals for STI testing, and condom distribution. We also refer for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

Education and Awareness

We provide education and awareness activities designed to support girls, women, and families. We teach women about PrEp for prevention (it’s 99% effective at preventing HIV when taken correctly) and PEP for post-exposure. We are a Female Condom Center of Excellence (FCCoE), providing female condom workshops and training.

Female Condom Center of Excellence (FCCoE)

TWC is a Female Condom Center of Excellence (FCCoE) that provides female condom or FC2 “train-the-trainer” workshops. For more information about this program, please contact us.

Referrals & Support Services

One of our main goals is to identify HIV-positive women and girls as early as possible and to move them into high quality care as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves on delivering compassionate, holistic support in a culturally sensitive manner.

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to emphasize the importance of HIV testing and make sure everyone knows their status so they can take steps to improve their health, regardless of the result. The 2022 NHTD theme, HIV Testing is Self-Care, encourages people to include HIV testing as part of their self-care routine. The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health care provider.” Self-care has been an important topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the need for individual and community actions to promote physical and mental health remain a high priority. More info: National HIV Testing Day (NHTD)

STORIES

MEET SABRINA

Advocate in the Community

Early Invention Specialist at the Women's Collective

18 years with organization

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Professional

Customer

Passionate and Dedicated

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Chicago

Native

Hobbies: community service and sewing

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