Resource center for women living with HIV/AIDS to open in Tucson

Published: Feb. 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson non-profit has been focusing on helping women living with HIV and AIDS for several years. Now, PowerSource Tucson, Inc. will soon be getting the keys to their brand new resource center.

"I am so excited," said founder and executive director Barbara Lock. "It's held us back from some funding because some organizations want to make site visits. Now, we'll have a site."

The center will be located near Gr ant and Country Club roads. Lock said the non-profit, which is currently looking for volunteers and a project manager, will be better equipped to help women overcome the stigma surrounding the disease with their new office.

"Our issues with HIV are different than men's issues," said Lock, who was diagnosed with HIV about 10 years ago and moved to Tucson for medical services. "There are all sorts of negative attitudes about HIV and AIDS and that's not true anymore. We can live."

According to the federal government, about one in four Americans living with HIV are women. The state health department's most recent report said there are just under 3,000 people living with HIV or AIDS in Pima County alone.

Though about 400 of those people are women, Lock said women living with the disease tend to be more isolated and are in more need of emotional support.

"Non-women trying to plan for women usually doesn't work," Lock said. "Women generally do not have a place at the table as far as planning and programming development."

Lock said the center will serve as a d rop-in center and an administrative office. She said the group will be having weekly support group sessions and workshops.

The group also plans to provide information on local resources who provide direct medical services for those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.

"Everyone knows that we're going to die," Lock said. "We're looking at it a little differently. We have a chance to really make a difference."

The Tucson PowerSource, Inc. center hopes to be open and fully operational in April.

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