In a recent article entitled "Local women's organization push safer sex in the city" on examiner.com, author Candace Y.A. Montague spends a Monday night with TWC not watching football but learning about the FC2 condom. Her article begins - "Move over fellas. MNF no longer stands for Monday Night Football. The Women’s Collective have changed the game to Monday Night Females."
NBC Washington profiles TWC outreach worker, Charlene Cotton, as she takes to the streets to educate and empower women on the new female condom (FC2). The video titled, "Female Condoms: Prevention and Empowerment?" highlights these efforts to reduce the HIV rate in D.C.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it has awarded $42 million to 133 community-based organizations (CBOs) to help implement HIV prevention efforts among populations at greatest risk over the next five years.
Six District of Columbia CBOs received awards:
On July 28, 2010 WUSA featured The Women's Collective and Maxine Robinson, TWC Health Educator in a video segment titled, "Improved Female Condom Gives Women Another Form Of Protection." Watch the video which highlights how community groups in DC are handing out half a million female condoms, hoping women will use them to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.
In a article dated July 29, 2010, reporter Jessica Gresko talks with TWC outreach worker Charlene Cotton about the new female condom. The article entitled "DC pushes female condoms to fight HIV epidemic" explores the efforts of groups like TWC that are conducting intensive outreach and education on the FC2.
Excerpt from the article on the Daily Record.com:
ABC7 News spoke with Patricia Nalls, TWC founder/executive director about some of the exciting developments in microbicide research coming out of the International AIDS Conference (ICA) in Vienna for a piece titled "AIDS Activists Cheer HIV-blocking Gel."
In every city, there's another city that people rarely ever see. But this other city isn't just anywhere -- it's in the capital of the most powerful country in the world. This is a story about sex and drugs, homelessness and health care. About politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy. About an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid any attention or cared. This is a story about people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who work there.
Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper asks: "Is $500,000 Enough to Get Anyone to Use the Female Condom?" TWC's Abby Charles, coordinator of outreach and education efforts around the FC2 initiative lends her voice to the debate. Read the article posted on washingtoncitypaper.com by Hess on Mar. 17, 2010 and discover for your self the answer to this question.
On Saturday, March 13th, CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on a first-of-its-kind effort to give out female condoms as a way to protect women from AIDS. Follow CNN as they shadow TWC staff at work on the new FC2 outreach efforts to reach and teach women about this revitalized tool that can help prevent the spead of HIV and protect their health.
On February 6, 2010, Theresa Skipper, TWC Plus! activist spoke with NPRs Audie Cornish. The article,Program Gets AIDS Patients To The Doctor, aired on Weekend Edition. It notes that in the nation's capital, African-Americans make up more than 75 percent of the city's HIV/AIDS cases. To combat the disease and its spread, advocates and city health officials have decided to try to improve the link between being tested and being treated.