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The Afiya Center
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The Afiya Center is a relatively new organization and before it was actually formed we knew that we wanted an organization that would be committed to the lives of women...specifically black women and all women of color. Just as importantly we wanted a nam
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Ms. Plus America 2011 Michelle Anderson -- who is HIV positive -- and Marsha Jones, Executive Director of AFIYA Center in Dallas talk to HLN's Susan Hendricks about the shocking numbers and what's being done to get the...read more
Co-Founders Marsha Jones and Mukamtagara Jendayi (La Cisha Crear), created the Afiya Center for HIV Prevention & Reproductive Justice: To educate, engender, and empower women, youth, families, and communities of African descent and other marginalized people infected and affected around HIV Prevention...read more
Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, ...
Marsha Jones lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center.
She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. ?She's a member of the following National Initiatives charged with the advancement of women and the elimination of HIV:?
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Executive Director at The Afiya Center for HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Justice - Dallas, TX
lives in Dallas, TX is co-founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center HIV Prevention & Sexual Reproductive Justice.; Marsha
is a professional speaker most proficient in topics around engendering empowerment, self-sufficiency and self-identified values among women specifically black women.
She's a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute's African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program), Tynsdale Theology School and is currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Drawing on more than 10 years experience in HIV/AIDS arena she
organizes and mobilizes grassroots community efforts advocating on behalf of issues such as homelessness, poverty and accessible, quality living for all people, especially those living with HIV specifically women of color.
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Marsha Jones, executive ...
Marsha Jones, executive director and co-founder of The Afiya Center, a Dallas organization for black women living with HIV and AIDS, is alarmed by the request.
Because the state will have access to the records, she worries HIV-positive and trans women will be outed.
"It could have devastating effects," Jones
, who did not previously know about the HIPAA clause allowing information to be released without consent, is concerned that her
clients likely may not know about it either.
"HIPAA is in place so people do not have to be concerned their health records will be shared," Jones
While it may not be true that all private information will be accessible to the government, Jones
fears the perception, coupled with fear, will increase the stigma of HIV and AIDS.
If someone is outed, people may not maintain their relationship with their treatment provider for fear of their lives.
Outing someone may prevent them going to any remaining treatment sessions.
"It's like the stigma that comes from abortion.
People go to back alleys," Jones
"Disclosure is 100 percent ownership to a patient.
This puts their life in jeopardy," she
"If other people know without their consent, it changes everything.
People have the right to live with the assurance their information is confidential and they do not have to share it."
The same situation applies to transwomen.
Treatments now make transitioning possible without visible signs, and "the only one who should know is the doctor providing the treatment," Jones said.
"Privacy is a treasure and not up for grabs, especially if everyone isn't ready to come out yet," she