A SHAWNA policy brief demonstrating the need for more investment in the health of marginalized women who experience incarceration. Heightened experiences of HIV-related stigma within correctional facilities can lead to experiences of isolation and discrimination for women living with HIV. Implementing educational programs and reviewing institutional processes can help break down barriers to health care in prison settings.
A SHAWNA infographic showing the demographics of SHAWNA participants, who are women (cisgender and transgender) living with HIV who reside in or travel to Metro Vancouver to access HIV care services. Demographics shown are age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, ethnicity, experience with stigma, supports needed to take anti-retroviral medications, and place of residence.
A SHAWNA infographic showing how criminalization, incarceration, and social and structural vulnerabilities are closely linked; the need to redress the overcriminalization of women living with HIV; and the need for interventions and release plans to be women-centred, include housing and substance use supports, and address the cyclical nature of violence and incarceration.
A SHAWNA infographic showing how and why trauma-informed care is essential for HIV health. Concludes with implications: Trauma-informed care is needed to support antiretroviral adherence; there is a requirement for responses to structural vulnerabilities that expose women to trauma such as incarceration and unstable housing; and chronic underfunding of HIV responses for women should be addressed.
A SHAWNA infographic showing percentages of SHAWNA participants who have experienced violence due to their HIV+ status and who have had their HIV+ status disclosed without their consent. Discusses non-consensual disclosure, HIV-related violence, physical or sexual violence, and difficulties taking antiretroviral medications. Includes implications that initiatives are needed to reduce HIV-related stigma and gender-based violence; rights to privacy and confidentiality must be ensured; and trauma-informed care is required for women living with HIV.
Through Our Own Eyes is a collection of photographs and reflections in which cis and trans women living with HIV express the lived realities of HIV disclosure, stigma, and criminalization. This publication was created and exhibited in September 2018 as part of a participatory, community-based photo-voice project by CGSHE's SHAWNA Team in collaboration with Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women's Hospital, and YouthCO.