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BEAN & MACARONI SOUP
This cholesterol-free tasty dish is virtually fat free
and is prepared with only 1 tablespoon
of oil for 16 servings.
2 cans (16 oz) great northern beans
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 C onion, coarsely chopped
2 C carrots, sliced
1 C celery, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 C cut-up peeled fresh tomatoes or
1-1/2 lbs canned whole tomatoes cut up
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
to taste black pepper
1 bay leaf, crumbled
4 C cooked elbow macaroni
1. Drain beans and reserve liquid. Rinse beans.
2. Heat oil in a 6-quart kettle; add mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes, sage, thyme, oregano, pepper, and bay leaf.
4, Cover and cook over medium heat 20 minutes.
5. Cook macaroni according to directions on package using unsalted water.
6. Drain when cooked. Do not overcook.
7. Combine reserved bean liquid with water to make 4 cups.
8. Add liquid, beans, and cooked macaroni to vegetable mixture.
9. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer until soup is throughly heated.
10. Stir occasionally.
Yield: 16 servings--Serving Size: 1 cup
Each serving provides:
Calories: 158 Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 154 mg Total fat: 1 g
Saturated fat: less than 1 g
* If using canned tomatoes, sodium would be higher.
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Today, women account for more than 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of these newly infected women, about 2 out of 3 are African-American. Most of these women got HIV from having unprotected sex with a man.
AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 25–34. And African-American women are more than 21 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as non-Hispanic white women. Some reasons why African-American women are affected by HIV/AIDS more than women of other races include:
•Poverty — One in 4 African-American women lives in poverty, which is strongly linked to HIV risk. People living in poverty also get lower-quality health care in general, which can mean advancing from HIV infection to AIDS more quickly.
•Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — HIV is most commonly spread to women through sexual contact. Untreated STIs that break the skin, such as genital herpes, give HIV easy access into the bloodstream. African-American women have high rates of many STIs.
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In Your Own Voice: HOCC Participant's Testimonials (2005-2010)
This page was last updated: April 1, 2018
* "This program is one of my main lifelines – I enjoy coming here each month not only for the atmosphere but to see the many women" (HOCC participant for 4 years - 2007)
* "I love that you have this program just for us – thank you all and God Bless you!" (HOCC participant 18 months 2008)
* "This has been the best thing that was recommended to me since I was told I was HIV positive - I get more information about living with HIV than anywhere else - it is really about women helping women". (HOCC participant for 4 years - 2005)
* "Meeting different women with the same feelings and ideas as me – it’s nice to know I’m not alone"
(HOCC participant for 2 years - 2009)
* "HOCC has a unified, positive vibe – nurse involvement – balanced with peer involvement – a wonderful network for women to be supported to live life in a positive way and pass what we learn forward to our HOCC sisters, family, and community" (HOCC participant for 2 years - 2010)
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Women and HIV: What Women Need to Know
What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
HIV is a virus that attacks your immune system. The immune system has "T cells" that help protect your body from disease. A person with HIV does not have as many "T cells" as a healthy person. HIV makes it hard for your body to fight off sickness.
A person with HIV is called HIV positive (HIV+).
How do you get HIV?
You can get HIV by:
* Having sex with a person who is HIV + and not using a condom
* Sharing needles or syringes ("drug works") with someone who has HIV
* Getting blood from a person who has HIV
What Women Need to Know:
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Black Women Taking Charge in
the Fight Against AIDS
Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Data Fact Sheet
Women at Risk of HIV Infection
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October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and like HIV Infection – women with breast cancer have better health outcomes with early detection and treatment!
Thanks to screening, breast cancer often is found before a woman has any physical symptoms. Yet a woman should know how her breasts normally look and feel so that she can report any unusual changes to her doctor.
Reasons to call your doctor include:
•A lump in or near your breast or under your arm
•Thick or firm tissue in or near your breast or under your arm
•A change in the size or shape of your breast
•Nipple discharge (fluid that is not breast milk)
•Nipple changes, such as a nipple that points or faces inward (inverted) into the breast
•Changes to your breast skin, areola, or nipple, such as itching, redness, scaling, dimples, or puckers.
Keep in mind that most breast changes are not cancer. Still, any breast changes or pain should be checked out by a doctor. If you notice a change in your breast, call your doctor and schedule a visit. Don’t wait until your "next checkup
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HOCC is for all women, infected with, affected by or at-risk for HIV/AIDS. HOCC reaches out to the communities most affected by HIV infection and most at risk for poor health outcomes due to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The women who attend HOCC are largely inner- city women of color (nearly 80%) from the Greater Boston area. About 70% of HOCC HIV+ women live at or below the poverty level, and many are disabled. Within the first two weeks of each month, nearly 40% of the HOCC women lack the resources (money or food) to have
These healthy greens get their rich flavor from smoked turkey, instead of fatback.
General Screenings and Immunizations for Women
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3 cups water
¼ pound smoked turkey breast, skinless
1 tablespoon fresh hot pepper, chopped
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon thyme
1 scallion, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 pounds greens (mustard, turnip, collard, kale, or mixture)
1. Place all ingredients except greens into large saucepan and bring to boil.
2. Prepare greens by washing thoroughly and removing stems.
3. Tear or slice leaves into bite-size pieces.
4. Add greens to turkey stock. Cook for 20–30 minutes until tender.
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 1 cup
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Sodium 378 mg
Total Fiber 4 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrates 9 g
Intersecting Risks: HIV Infection Among Heterosexual Women and Men in Massachusetts
Reading Corner: HOCC's Recommendations
1. The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages
Easy to understand information from the nation’s leaders in women’s health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health
2. Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, NIH, NDET
3. Heart Healthy Home Cooking: African American Style
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH, NHLBI
4. Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH
5. Keep the Beat: Heart Healthy Recipes
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH, NHLBI
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