Navigation Links
Breaking Down Barriers: A Woman's Path to Reducing HIV Stigma in the Arab American Community
Date:2/20/2008

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HIV/AIDS is still a taboo topic among many Arab Americans, but one determined woman is working hard to change this. For Dinah Ayna, talking about HIV and addressing the stigma among the women in her community is a challenging, yet a rewarding part of her daily routine.

According to the Arab American Institute, there are 3.5 million Arab Americans in the U.S. One-third live in Michigan, with most located in Dearborn, Michigan. As the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn, Dinah does what no one else dares to do in the Arab American Community: talk to women about HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Dinah works at ACCESS' Community Health and Research Center that promotes physical, mental, and social health of the Arab American community using a holistic, multicultural approach. At the Center, Arab Americans, Arab immigrants, and refugees from 22 countries receive state-of-the-art services that range from physicals and immunizations to education about cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.

"We need to talk about HIV in a way that doesn't conflict with people's religious beliefs and culture," says Dinah. She finds that women in her community relate to her and the cultural context in which she frames the issues. As an Arab American woman - her parents are from Palestine - her work fills a cultural gap for appropriate methods that can help Arab American women discuss HIV.

In the Arab American community, sharaf or honor is an important social aspect within families where an individual's actions can bring shame to the entire family. Many women live in fear of painful repercussions within their families and communities, and would rather live in ignorance than know they have HIV.

Dinah spends most of her day talking to Arab American women, ages 16 to 50 that come to the Center for couns
'/>"/>

SOURCE Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Groundbreaking Deloitte Survey Reveals Many U.S. Consumers Want Major Changes in Health Care Design, Delivery
2. CleanRest(R) Announces a Groundbreaking Invention, The Worlds Cleanest Pillow(TM)
3. Orqis(R) Medicals MOMENTUM Trial Abstract Accepted for Late Breaking Clinical Trial Presentation at the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting
4. Breaking down Huntingtons disease one protein at a time
5. California Institute of Integral Studies Launches Groundbreaking Community Mental Health Program
6. Ground Breaking Program Improves Diabetes Patient Outcomes
7. Official Ground Breaking Ceremony for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
8. On The Go Ships 100TB Hardware Order for Ground-Breaking Cancer Imaging and Therapy Projects
9. VH1 Set to Continue Its Record-Breaking Pace Into 2008 with Brand New Premieres and Returning Series
10. Record-Breaking Financial Recovery Made in UnitedHealth Backdating Case
11. Breaking Studies at AARC Congress Show Masimo SET and Masimo Rainbow SET to be Accurate, Effective and Uniquely Beneficial in Detecting and Tracking Disease States
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/28/2015)... Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 ... annual conference in person, the Mesothelioma Applied Research ... taking place on Tuesday, March 3, starting at 9:30 ... and requires no registration. The broadcast can be accessed ... visiting http://www.curemeso.org/symposium . , The Symposium is a ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 Dr. Perry Patel , ... residents, recently announced a special offer for the Zoom!® ... option for new and established patients at his Pismo Beach ... bright, white smile, Dr. Patel and his staff are ... down from the regular price of $450. , Zoom! ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 How would you describe ... There are all kinds of different leaders, each ... of the advantages and applications of different leadership ... a new product this spring called The Leadership ... connection between personality type, leadership, and success. The ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 ... announced the release of a new overlay plugin for Final ... Pixel Film Studios. , “FCPX Overlay Chromatic gives users total ... X,” said Christina Austin, CEO of Pixel Film Studios. “FCPX ... while maintaining an easy to use interface.” , FCPX Overlay ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 28, 2015 Memphis, TN: MedixSafe has ... for a new security reader named Guardian 2. ... is a new biometric scanner that significantly increases ... features, the new biometric scanner provides fast and ... , MedixSafe narcotics lockers with Vanguard ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Mesothelioma Cancer Research Foundation Broadcasting Symposium Live 2Health News:Pismo Beach Dentist Announces Special for Zoom! Teeth Whitening 2Health News:PeopleKeys Launches The Leadership Report 2Health News:PeopleKeys Launches The Leadership Report 3Health News:Pixel Film Studios released a new overlay plugin entitled FCPX Overlay Chromatic Grunge 6K exclusively for Final Cut Pro X users 2Health News:New Name Announced For Newest MedixSafe Readers – MedixSafe Vanguard 2
... Wis., Oct. 9 October marks National,Domestic Violence ... people,in the United States are affected by domestic ... American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,Charitable Foundation,s (AACDCF) Give ... to "restore a life by restoring a smile" ...
... in risk, study found , , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) ... could cut their odds for deadly ovarian cancer, new research ... regimen for more than eight years reduced their risk for ... who saw the greatest benefit from the low-fat diet were ...
... Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ... degeneration (AMD) caused by a mutation known to produce ... treatments. The study appears in the October issue of ... the most common cause of vision loss in elderly ...
... Pantoliano,reveals a personal history of depression and his ... in a guest blog entry, http://www.nami.org/blog published ... Pantoliano,s entry comes during Mental Illness Awareness ... opening of his latest film, CANVAS, http://www.canvasthefilm.com ...
... mouse study shows , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) ... may lead to a treatment for the hereditary, progressive ... mice, a molecule called C2-8 appears to reduce HD-related ... said the team from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurological ...
... recurrent heart attack risk, study finds , , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 ... someone who has had a heart attack will have another ... have shown that workplace stress boosts heart woes, but this ... attacks and other major events, the report,s authors said. , ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:600 Smiles Restored Thanks to the AACDCF's Give Back A Smile Program - October Marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 2Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 3Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 4Health News:Model to study age-related macular degeneration could pave way for better treatment 2Health News:Actor Joe Pantoliano Discloses Depression; Talks About His Latest Movie and His Sensitive Side 2Health News:Molecule Promising Against Huntington's Disease 2Health News:Stressful Jobs Hard on the Heart 2Health News:Stressful Jobs Hard on the Heart 3
(Date:2/27/2015)... 27, 2015  Two mass spectrometry technologies ... as their effectiveness is established, according to ... Information says that while mass spectrometry (mass ... tool in proteomic biomarker discovery and validation, ... traditional techniques has struggled to elucidate molecular ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... ITASCA, Ill. , Feb. 26, 2015  Today ... paper, The psychological and physical side effects ... belief that opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, ... "More Americans overdose on prescription painkillers than on ... , president and CEO of NSC. "Yet, these medications ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... N.Y. , Feb. 26, 2015 Every ... more research to fight heart disease.  Nevertheless, year after ... on ElectroCardioGrams (EKG) as the first test to determine ... they have chest pain or not, even though that ... occurs despite the fact that doctors know, (while most ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Report: "Softer" Mass Spec Techniques Gaining Popularity in Biomarker Discovery 2Report: "Softer" Mass Spec Techniques Gaining Popularity in Biomarker Discovery 3National Safety Council: Opioid prescription painkillers have hidden, deadly side effects 2National Heart Health Month In February 2
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
Medicine Products: