Tamika & Friends
www.tamikaandfriends.org

Tamika and Friends, Inc. is a national non-profit organization founded to raise awareness about cervical cancer and its link to HPV through a network of survivors and their friends. Tamika Felder, founder of Tamika and Friends, is a cervical cancer survivor and activist. (For more information on her story, visit the survivors section this Web site.) She created Tamika and Friends in January 2005 to help educate women through speaking engagements, public service announcements and her very own 'House Parties of fiVe (HPVs).' The House Parties mix girl talk with lessons that help women become more comfortable discussing their sexual health. Hosts invite at least five of their friends to chat about love and relationships and play risqué versions of party games to learn about situations that may put them at risk for HPV and about how to prevent cervical cancer. Party themes have ranged from poetry to karaoke, and each host is free to choose her "improvise." At the end of each party, hosts encourage guests to share what they have learned to family and friends, and many of these women pledge to visit their gynecologists for a Pap and (if 30 or over) HPV test.