In the Media
June 26, 2011: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18357954
May 17, 2011: http://www.apiwellness.org/2011_may_17_event.html (See more info below)
Sep 1, 2010: http://www.iexaminer.org/2010/09/gay-asian-american/
August 7, 2010: AsianBoston Radio Interview (See more info below)
Jul 29, 2009: http://www.echelonmagazine.com/index.php?id=1043
July 14, 2009: http://www.koreanbeacon.com/tag/hyeouk-chris-hahm/
July 14, 2009: http://insciences.org/article.php?article_id=6129
March 23, 2009: http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?de…92&id=52827
API Wellness Center Press Conference & Panel Discussion (San Francisco, CA) – May 17, 2011
For Immediate Release
May 10, 2011
Stephanie Goss / (415) 292-3420 x 330
David Stupplebeen / (415) 292-3420 x 361
UNPRECEDENTED RISE IN HIV INFECTIONS AMONG ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN
A&PI Wellness Center, NAPAWF spotlight women on National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
San Francisco, CA. On Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) will host a press conference spotlighting the alarming growth in new HIV infections among Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) women. The press conference, commemorating the 7th annual National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, features a panel discussion with personal stories from women living with HIV and the presentation of new HIV and STD data trends affecting A&PI women.
While HIV is still seen as a men’s issue, the disease continues to rise unchecked among A&PIs and A&PI women in particular. Recent analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that A&PIs have the highest rate of increase in new HIV infections in the nation, the only statistically significant growth among any racial or ethnic group, and yet two-thirds of A&PIs have never been tested for HIV. The rate of increase for A&PI women is actually higher than that of A&PI men, but the misconception that A&PIs are not at risk for HIV persists—even among healthcare providers who discourage A&PIs from getting tested. In fact, a recent study by Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm of Boston University indicates that A&PI women are less likely than other ethnic groups to be offered an HIV test in OB/GYN settings.
A number of factors contribute to the HIV risk for A&PI women, including a lack of targeted HIV prevention information for women, unequal power dynamics in sexual relationships, biological differences and the fact that a woman’s HIV risk is often indirect. A woman’s HIV risk is her partner’s HIV risk and many women in monogamous relationships are shocked when they test positive. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of A&PI women living with HIV got it through heterosexual contact (86%).
“By 2050, A&PIs will represent about 11% of the US population,” says Lance Toma, executive director of A&PI Wellness Center. “We could be facing a public health disaster if we fail to address the rise in HIV and STD infections in our communities now.”
Panelists include Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm, a leading researcher on A&PI women’s sexual health from Boston University; Naina Khanna, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA); and Jaimie Callahan, an HIV community advocate from Hawai’i. The panel will be moderated by Priyanka Singha, the 2009-2010 Miss India USA and co-host of the popular Sony Entertainment Television talk show, Andaaz.
The press conference will take place at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 17th at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium (100 Larkin Street, San Francisco). For more information about the event, please contact David Stupplebeen at 415-292-3420 ext. 361 or email@example.com. Speakers will be available for comment after the press conference.
About Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center is a health services, education, research and policy organization dedicated to educating, supporting, empowering and advocating for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities—particularly A&PIs living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. With staff fluent in 20 languages, A&PI Wellness Center delivers programs regionally, statewide, and nationally, and collaborates with community-based organizations throughout the Asia Pacific Region. For press materials or more information please visit www.apiwellness.org.
About National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
NAPAWF is the only national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) women’s organization in the country. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for A&PI women and girls.
AsianBoston Radio Interview – August 7, 2010
Matt Casey of AsianBoston interviewed AWSHIP’s Stephanie Chang on an 1-hour live call-in radio show. Stephanie discussed the distinct physical and mental health needs of Asian American young women that are currently not adequately addressed, as well as how AWSHIP seeks to bridge this gap in research and services for AA women.
An on-line link to the radio show will soon be available.
Stephanie Chang with Matt Casey