COVID-19 survey for PLWHIV

HARP-PS needs your help with a survey to see how people with HIV ≥ 50 are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an online survey that should take about 20 minutes, asking questions about your health, mental health, and day-to-day needs. You'll get a $10 gift card for completing the survey.

See some preliminary results: Leaning on Community-Based Participatory Research to Respond During COVID-19.

You are eligible if you are:

  1. At least 50 years old
  2. Are HIV+
  3. Currently living in the Coachella Valley
  4. Able to complete a survey in English
  5. Have an email address

This survey is completely anonymous. Your identity, contact information, and HIV status are not being shared with the researchers.

The survey is only for people currently living in the Coachella Valley, since its purpose is to share the findings with local service providers so they can meet the immediate needs of their clients during this crisis. Please feel free to share this invitation with other HIV+ Valley residents who may qualify.

To participate in this study, call 760-408-6267 and ask about the “COVID-19 and HIV study.” You'll be asked a few questions to make sure you qualify for the study, and then given a link to the online survey. A $10 e-gift card of your choice (Amazon, Target, Albertsons) will be emailed to you You will also have the option to donate the incentive to HARP-PS if you do not wish to keep it for yourself – this will help us do future research projects to benefit our HIV+ community.

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Dear PWN family,

Even in the best of times, cisgender and transgender women living with HIV are disproportionately vulnerable to intimate partner violence (IPV): 55% report having experienced IPV in their lives, twice the rate of women more generally. 

In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders, the danger is exacerbated by financial distress, the inability to get out of harm’s way by leaving the house, the cancellation of in-person services and the closure of facilities typically available to people escaping IPV, such as domestic violence shelters.

While there are no easy answers, PWN, with the support of our partners at National Network to End Domestic Violence, has produced and curated some resources for women living with HIV experiencing IPV (or coping with the trauma of past IPV) and for HIV and IPV service providers during this extraordinarily difficult time.


The IPV/HIV/COVID19 resource center contains information, multimedia resources, and tools for women living with HIV experiencing IPV (or coping with trauma from past IPV) and friends and family who want to help them; for care and service providers; and for advocates who want to advocate for systemic solutions to make women living with HIV less vulnerable to IPV and other forms of violence in the first place. 

The resources shared include:

  • helplines 
  • tools to make safety plans
  • directories of state resources 
  • recorded webinars 
  • video interviews with survivors of IPV living with HIV
  • blogs written by survivors that provide important insights on the root causes and effects of IPV and on how an HIV diagnosis and other mental health conditions intersect and complicate safe escape from IPV 
  • and more. 

If you have good resources that have not been included in this resource center, please send them to me at .

With love, light, and solidarity during this incredibly challenging time,

Team PWN

Positive Women's Network - USA is a national membership body of women living with HIV and our allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. Founded in 2008 by 28 diverse HIV-positive women leaders, PWN-USA develops a leadership pipeline and policy agenda that applies a gender lens to the domestic HIV epidemic grounded in social justice and human rights.

Every day we inspire, inform, and mobilize women living with HIV to advocate for changes that improve our lives and uphold our rights. In addition to federal advocacy, PWN-USA supports regional organizing and leadership development at a local and state level.

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2020

Contacts: Partnership of HIV Service Organizations | 

HIV Leadership Informs People Living with HIV about the Impact of COVID-19

Leading HIV organizations unite to ensure people with HIV receive detailed & culturally responsive information regarding COVID-19

April 9, 2020 (Nationwide) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 national, community-centered HIV service & advocacy organizations partnered to create a resource guide focused on supporting people living with HIV (PLHIV). The COVID-19 and People Living with HIV: Frequently Asked Questions document provides clear and culturally responsive information to ensure PLHIV and communities disproportionately impacted by HIV have a reliable resource for the latest information to help them protect and take care of themselves. 

About Us

The purpose of the Council is to ensure the development of a client-centered, comprehensive continuum of care for persons living with HIV disease (PLWH) throughout the TGA. In doing so, the Council provides effective planning for the TGA and promotes development of HIV/AIDS health services, personnel, and facilities that meet identified health and support service needs in a cost-effective manner, reduce inefficiencies, and address the needs of uninsured, underinsured, and low-income HIV infected individuals.

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