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viewer(BLACK PR WIRE) – MENLO PARK, CA, March 7, 2013 – Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys has teamed up with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new public information campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. Being released in the lead-up to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), the ongoing EMPOWERED campaign includes targeted public service ads (PSAs) and community engagement opportunities.

Approximately 280,000 people living with HIV in the U.S. – or about one in four – are women.  Women of color have been especially hard-hit, accounting for the large majority of new infections occurring among women in the U.S.

As a force in the global fight against AIDS, Keys has dedicated her work in philanthropy to help bring awareness to the urgency of HIV/AIDS.  Now with the launch of EMPOWERED, she is once again highlighting the power of women – as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV – to change the course of this disease through every day actions.

photo-of-pct-at-campbell-elTanya Silver fiddles with her hands and has a flush look on her face as the patient care technician at her middle school listens to her heart. The 14 year old felt a heavy pain on her chest and went to her school based health center to be examined.  Silver (named changed to protect her identity) told the staff she thought she might be having a heart attack.

“She came in with chest pains and we are trained to recognize children with personal problems,” said Carmen Edwards, the school patient care technician. “I checked her and everything was fine. So I started to ask deeper questions. She finally told me that both of her parents had passed away and that she saw her father kill her mother and then he killed himself.”

healthcareEvelyn Garcia is the only one of six siblings who has allergies. She is allergic to apples, walnuts, peaches and smoked turkey.

Her reactions are varied. Sometimes she gets hives all over her body. Other times she suffers from vomiting or diarrhea. She recently had an allergic reaction so bad that she fainted twice.

With the provision of health care reform that allows young adults up to age 26 to remain covered under their parents’ health insurance policy, Evelyn has been able to finish college while working two part-time jobs to cover basic expenses.

Since September 2010, some 250,000 young adults have been able to remain covered under their parents' policies, according to the nonprofit organization Children Now.
"I've been very lucky to have health insurance my whole life. For almost 26 years, my mom's insurance has covered the health problems I've had," said Evelyn, who was interviewed a few days before her 26th birthday.

health reformSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Clifford Roberson’s pain has persisted for a quarter century since the day he was unloading a truck in the rain with a forklift for his job at the California Almond Growers Exchange in downtown Sacramento. That’s when a co-worker ran into him with another forklift.

“I was young back then,” said Roberson, now age 51. “I jumped off the fork lift and started arguing and stuff.”

His supervisor sent him home for the rest of the day.