Saving Face Can't Make API Women Safe

Saving Face Can't Make API Women Safe

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SAN FRANCISCO – Sex was a taboo subject in Meena Sachdev’s home.

“My parents [from India] are liberal in their ideology, but it is hard for them to break away from the traditions they were raised in,” said the 24-year-old U.S.-born woman, who did not want her real name used for fear of stigmatizing her family.

At school, all the sex “education” she and her peers received was in the eighth grade when they were given a handout containing pictures of male and female genitalia.

“So a lot of what I learned about sex as I grew up was from personal experience. [From family] I learned that I had to give men what they wanted.”

She did exactly that to a young man she met in college, with whom she had a monogamous relationship. He was her first sexual partner.

Before long, Sachdev found out during a routine ob/gyn exam that she was HIV positive, even before her partner, from whom she contracted the virus that causes AIDS, knew he was.

Sachdev is among a growing number of Asians and Pacific Islander women who are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. About 86 percent of them contracted it through heterosexual contact.

The disease continues to rise unchecked among Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs), especially among API women, observed Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm, a Boston-based leading researcher in Asian and Pacific Islander women’s sexual health, during a press conference here yesterday spotlighting the alarming growth in new HIV infections among API women. May 19 commemorates the 7th annual National API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Two other panelists participated in the discussions, as well – Sonia Rastogi, communications coordinator with Positive Women’s Network in Oakland, and Jaimie Kahale-Callahan from Hawaii who has been living with HIV for 20 years.

“Risky sexual behavior among API women is the least scientifically explored [subject]” in the United States, lamented Hahm, who is currently the principal investigator of the API Women’s Sexual Health Initiative Project, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Hahm said studies indicate that young Asian American women have the highest rate of virginity and are “very conscious about their first intercourse,” but once they lose their virginity they grow careless. They worry more about becoming pregnant than about contracting HIV.

She said she and her team of researchers interviewed 650 “sexually experienced API women between 18 and 35 years of age in the Boston area. Most felt they were “invincible and wouldn’t contract HIV” even if they or their partners didn’t use a condom during intercourse because of the perception that they belong to a “model minority.”

“We suffer from this Perfect API Women Syndrome,” Hahm observed to laughter.

That perception spills over into the minds of health care providers, said panelist Kahale-Callahan, who has been working in Hawaii with people living with HIV and their partners for more than a decade.

That’s perhaps why sexually experienced API women are least likely to be tested for HIV in ob/gyn settings than women from other races. Hahm’s research shows that 17.2 percent of API women were likely to be tested by their gynecologists compared to 20.3 percent Hispanics, 26.2 percent African Americans and 22.1 percent whites.

Kahale-Callahan’s experience bears this out. She said that even though she spent time in the hospital with a rash outbreak and other health issues a few years after she was married, doctors tested her “for every viral infection except HIV.”

It was only after her husband was diagnosed with AIDS that doctors tested her for HIV.

Panelist Rastogi said a number of other factors contribute to the HIV risk in API women. Among them are a lack of targeted HIV prevention information and unequal power dynamics in sexual relationships.

Coupled with that, there is a “lot of partner violence” when it comes to condom use, said Rastogi.

The shame and stigma many associate with the disease keeps API women from asking their health care providers to test them for the virus, even if the women suspect they are carrying it.

To make matters worse, health care providers are not reimbursed for HIV tests, as they are for other viral infections, offering them no incentive, Rastogi said.

Panelists said that the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that only 1 percent of those in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities have HIV/AIDS could be well off the mark, given the underreporting or misclassification of their communities.

Interracial API people tend to check off the “other" category when they identify their race, contributing to the misclassification.

The May 17 event was sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, dedicated to educating and supporting API communities, especially those living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS.

 

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API Wellness Center

Posted May 18 2011

Please note that the press conference was hosted by Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center. The official date of National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is May 19th, not May 17th as stated in the article.

Anonymous

Posted May 18 2011

great post! I think this is something that is not talked about enough

Anonymous

Posted May 18 2011

Thank you for posting this article. This is an extremely important topic that rarely (reads, NEVER) gets discussed. After having watched our loved ones getting infected and meeting their untimely ends for 30 years, LA has only had 2 conferences on HIV that are specifically tailored for women. However, these conferences (Breaking the Silence, 2009, and 2010) are geared toward African American women and Latinas. Even though API women are infected and dying, no conferences are held for us. But we do have an incredible organization, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, www.apaitonline.org, that provides wonderful outreach, education, testing, case management and so many other services to HIV affected API. Please look them up and let all your friends and families know about them. Let's keep talking, writing and shining a light on this issue. As human beings, we have the equal rights to stay healthy!

Anonymous

Posted May 21 2011


THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDS
is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?
AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:
After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:
In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?
I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.
It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.
I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever.

The WORLD is therefore COMPELLED to listen......sooner or later....your choice !!!!!

Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V53D1w__Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwuwlVBOV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejptOwMTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqcTgIAhrhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HPKcT_iwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9iQfgiYAnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RzRS6tJDM

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