Dallas women who are HIV-positive knit and then wear 'Scarlet Scarves' as way to face own disease
Ladies from Legacy's Grace Project - a comprehensive program exclusively for HIV+ women that provides mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and health education - will wear own creations for the first time at service on World AIDS Day
The knitting circles, which began at this year's Legacy Grace Project National Conference in Dallas, are run by the women themselves, many of whom live in areas of the city that have been hardest hit by the epidemic.
"These wonderful women will gather together, and those who are brave enough to publicly disclose their HIV status will proudly wear their own handmade red scarf, something that's become their own scarlet letters of sorts," said Legacy executive director Melissa Grove.
Grove explained that knitting with others offers a chance for the women to process and deal with their infection status, which often remains taboo in many cultures. The knitting circles increase knowledge of the participants and decreases their individual loneliness and isolation that often accompanies women with HIV or AIDS. The resulting product, a handmade scarlet scarf, symbolizes each woman's empowerment of struggle and hope.
"There are over 4,000 women in the North Texas area who are HIV-positive,"
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The Grace Project (http://legacygraceproject.org/
Legacy Counseling Center (http://legacycares.org) provides individual and group therapy to HIV-positive people and their families. Legacy also operates Founders Cottage, a seven-bedroom house that provides 24-hour care for critically ill AIDS patients in a home-like setting.
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