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Positively Beautiful program helps women living HIV/AIDS

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TUCSON - Today is National Women's and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, in 2016 one in five new diagnoses was among women.

In Tucson, Positively Beautiful is a program that helps women come together to learn beauty tips to mask the effects of the medication.

Tina Krug is 55 years old, and was diagnosed with HIV in 2010. 

She said, "We’re not going to die, we're going to live."

Krug said the program makes all the women involved feel and look good.

Positively Beautiful is in its 10th year and was started by Heather Moroso. 

Moroso told News 4 Tucson, "HIV/AIDS is not these folks identities, our goal is through these makeovers for them to look into the mirror and see themselves."

Everyone involved in the program are volunteers, including the salon owners.

One them is Stephanie Benzenhoefer. 

She said they do this because they believe in giving back to the community and helping people.  

Pauline Ganzhorn is one of the nail technicians she said it was “heartwarming to see the women after they've had their hair done, their nails polished and their make-up on.”

For make-up artist Octavio Corrales, this has a deeper meaning. 

Two of his uncles died of AIDS, one of them in particular suffered immensely. 

"We saw him pass away in a very tormented way. There was no medicine, no one knew what was going on, so this program is very dear to my heart. 

 Corrales teaches the women about makeup and brings the beauty that's inside of them, out.

 The women leave with flowers that have been donated, a care package filled with organic beauty products and feeling absolutely, Positively Beautiful.

drmoroso@mac.com

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