BABES Network

Location

1118 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Hours

Sunday Closed Monday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday Closed

Contact

BABES Network provides peer support for women living with HIV. Since 1989, this program has reduced isolation and stigma and created a "sisterhood of support" for women affected by HIV and their families through education, outreach, advocacy, and more.

The mission of BABES Network is to reduce isolation, promote self-empowerment, enhance the quality of life, and serve the needs of women living with HIV. 

Led by HIV-positive peer advocates, BABES is the only program of its kind in the region and serves hundreds of HIV-positive women and their families each year. Services for BABES members include: 

  • One-on-one peer counseling
  • Non-medical case management
  • Support groups
  • Educational forums
  • Advocacy
  • Social events and retreats
  • "BABES Talking" quarterly newsletter

Support Groups

  • For HIV-positive women: every Thursday, noon – 2 p.m.
  • For heterosexual HIV-positive women, men, and HIV-negative partners: last Wednesday of each month, 6 – 8 p.m.

HIV & Women of Color

Did you know that black women are disproportionately affected by HIV, compared to women of other ethnic groups? Nearly two-thirds of women newly diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. are African American. In Washington State, the rate of new HIV diagnoses is 25 times higher for black women than it is for white women.

What is "a day in the life" like for a woman living with HIV? Watch this video to find out. 
Eligibility & Enrollment

BABES Network primarily serves women who live in Washington State.  

  • Call 206.720.5566 (or toll-free 1.888.292.1912) for a phone intake with a BABES peer advocate. 
  • You can also email the_staff@babesnetwork.org. When you send an email, you acknowledge that we may reply with a message identifying ourselves as from YWCA.   
  • Any information provided will be kept confidential and is not shared with anyone.  

To enroll in BABES, you will be asked for:

  • Proof of income 
  • Proof of health insurance 
  • Proof of HIV status 

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