AIDS is a very real disease. With all this talk about the swine flu and people jumping to put on their face masks and wash their hands multiple times a day one wonders why the same precautions are not taken to stop an even deadlier disease that as of yet has no vaccine. AIDS is a disease whose only cure right now is knowledge. Iris House has existed in New York City since 1993 to bring awareness and help to women with or affected by HIV and AIDS.
Iris House has three main goals that they are devoted to. The first goal of Iris House is to help their clients have a high quality of life. The second goal of the Iris House spread education to those in charge in health care and those who make the policies about the concerns of families affected by HIV and AIDS. The third goal of Iris House is create proactive programs to help women with AIDS or HIV and their families.
Iris House maintains the support of its first goal by providing well needed services to the women and the families affected by HIV and AIDS. Iris House provides acupuncture, case management, treatment education, nutritional education, help with scattered housing, massage therapy, support group networks, prevention education and free condoms. People do not always know where to look and can feel overwhelmed when their lives take a turn they never thought possible, Iris House and founder Ingrid Floyd is here to help.
Iris House maintains their second goal of awareness and education through many community events. Most recently Iris House teamed up with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to form a campaign called “HIV: We’re Not Taking It Lying Down.” The campaign is stretching through East and West Harlem to promote HIV testing among women and young ladies of color. Funding for this program is brought to Iris House by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Iris House is maintaining its third goal of creating change through the work in the first two goals and through work with many government agencies. Iris House is working with the office of HIV and AIDS policy at the Surgeon Generals office, with the CDC, the Hispanic Aids Forum, New York AIDS coalition, and New York Department of Health. There is no cure for AIDS other than education.
If you find yourself nervous about the Swine Flu or any other new epidemic and want to do something then think about the Iris House. The Iris House helps women with HIV and AIDS every day and does not need TMZ to talk about them to get the word out. If we all come together then we can make a difference.