How can we make a difference for positive women and their communities? Listen, speak, and act. We aim to do just that working with individuals and organizations. Recognized as an expert on women’s HIV-related health and accompanying social issues, we provide education and prevention information in a variety of ways.
We deliver free comprehensive training for students and service providers across the province, highlighting the lived realities of women living with HIV. Positive women report experiencing discrimination from service providers not directly involved in the field of HIV, and service providers report having limited HIV knowledge and wanting to learn more. Our workshops clear up misconceptions and reduce stigma by answering any questions that participants have, leaving them feeling comfortable in working with women who have HIV and related issues such as hepatitis C.
Our educational resources are distributed across the country. Especially popular are the Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV and the Pocket Guide on Aging for Women Living with HIV, as well as our series on HIV disclosure, which can be ordered from catie.ca. For a full list of our resources, please visit our Resources and Publications page.
Our conversations on Twitter and Facebook, along with our weekly blog entries, cover a range of topics: HIV and hepatitis C care, co-infections such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, and issues related to reproductive health. We also look at the social determinants of health influencing women’s lives, including poverty, housing, violence against women, racism, gender inequity and much more.
Our annual conference brings together positive women and service providers to discuss women-specific issues. In the past, we’ve had keynote speeches on topics ranging from reproductive health and fertility issues; the integration of HIV and hepatitis C care; Indigenous health and wellness; women, housing, and health; the health of women in incarceration; and refugee and immigrant health.
We often participate in health fairs and other special events, where we provide information on HIV transmission, safer sex, and more. We are regularly asked to set up a resource table or deliver a presentation on an aspect of HIV or women’s health. Send us an email if you’d like to invite us into your community.
At You Should Know, we provide sexual health and HIV prevention information for women in midlife. Maybe you’re re-entering the dating scene, maybe you don’t have the basics on HIV transmission and prevention. can help provide the information you need. There are no stupid questions! Follow You Should Know on Twitter and Facebook.