In This Issue

National Black
HIV Awareness Day

2020 Leading Womens Society
Five Years STRONG

2020 Leader of the Month
         25 YEARS OF SERVICE

SisterLove, Inc 
is on a mission to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.

Once again we gather in February to bring awareness to the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. For more than 30 years, this disease has infected and affected Black people globally. As a nation, we have made strides. But the truth is - IT'S NOT ENOUGH. 2014 needs to be the year that we DO something different. The year that we go up and beyond. If you typically get an HIV test every year at this time, take a friend with you. If you have never had an HIV test before, today is a great day to start. If you think you know everything about HIV and do not need any more awareness, become an active advocate! The point is to DO something  different. It is in that difference that we will see the marker move. 

2014 marks SisterLove's 25th Anniversary. Even with this important milestone of 25 years of working in the movement to end HIV, we too are re-thinking our strategies and planning to DO things different. With new plans for social media engagment, our new model for testing and counseling TLC4ALL (Testing and Linkage to Care For All), and the new plan for expanding our 2020 vision, we are indeed ready to DO things differently.

There is still much work to be done, and we need you to DO your part. 

Log on to our Facebook page and let us know what you plan to DO differently when it comes to HIV/AIDS in your commmunity! We want to hear from you! 

This year SisterLove will celebrate our 5th Annual 2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards and Institute in October. To date, we have inducted a total of 100 women from across the country. Make sure you save the date and join us in October! You won't want to miss it! 

DID YOU KNOW…that this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the expansion of the AIDS definition to include women in the epidemic? In 1994, AIDS became the leading cause of death for all Americans ages 25 to 44. That same year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued guidelines requiring the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research. Stay tuned to SisterLove, Inc., to learn more about what we will be doing throughout the year to commemorate this important milestone. 

SisterLove would like to thank all of our Facebook and Twitter friends that have been engaging in our conversations online. A special thanks to all of those who participated in the #WeAreEmpowered Virtual Watch Party and discussion on Sunday, January 19th. SisterLove, Inc. was amongst those who live tweeted with Alicia Keys on changing the way we think about HIV. We will continue to discuss topics that include: protecting yourself; releasing shame and discrimination; social responsibility; HIV treatment and Biomedical interventions; and HIV testing and counseling. For those of you who have yet to join us online, please join our conversation and be EMPOWERED to have your voice heard.  Help eradicate the spread of HIV/AIDS!

We will be hosting our next training session on February 13th, 2014 at 11 AM. For more
information, please contact Stephanie Laster at (404) 254-4734 or at


Genia Graham is a native of Orlando, FL. In 2002, she became very ill and was diagnosed with AIDS in Jan. 2003. Like many people, she struggled with depression around her diagnosis for over a year and finally decided to do something positive with it.

In 2005, Genia became active. She began asking questions, gathering information and attending meetings across the state, wherever HIV was on the agenda. Since then, she has served on The HIV Community Planning Group (3 ½ years as Community Co-Chair), Ryan White Program Advisory Committee and The Maine HIV Advisory Committee and The Maine CDC Conference Planning Committee.

In 2008, Genia was awarded the Cameron Duncan Award by Equality Maine in recognition of her accomplishments, commitments and service to HIV/AIDS in Maine. In 2009, she lent my name and face to raise awareness of HIV screening for women as part of the Maine CDC state-wide public information campaign Ask For The Test ( In 2012, Genia was honored with a scholarship to attend the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.

Genia remains active through the following: GNP+, PWN, Maine’s Jurisdictional HIV Planning Group, The Maine HIV, STD, Viral Hepatitis Program’s Material’s Review Committee, The Ryan White Advisory Board, The ADAP Advisory Board, and my local ASO’s Advisory Board, Maine HIV Warriors Group. She continues to speak at several schools, shelters and youth correctional facilities throughout Maine. Raising awareness and attacking stigma around HIV/AIDS and advocacy for those living with this disease has become an integral part of Genia’s life journey. 
In Loving Memory...
Zhilphia "Zee" Turner

SisterLove, Inc would like to acknowledge the passing of Zhilphia “Zee” Turner, Class of 2013 2020 Leading Women’s Society Member. Zhilphia Turner was the proud mother of three adult children. After being diagnosed HIV positive, she began to go out into the community and begin her work as an outreach worker. She performed HIV testing and educated clients on resources available to them for over 12 years. Zhilphia has been committed to being a voice in the DC/Virginia area educating adults, as well as teens, about HIV prevention. She most recently served as a Community Health Worker for Common Health Action, located in DC. We will forever celebrate your legacy and dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS!