Knowledge is Power

One of our core missions is to educate Central Indiana about HIV/AIDS, and to provide resources for those in need of prevention.

Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. You can use strategies such as limiting your number of sexual partners, using condoms the right way every time you have sex, never sharing needles and abstinence (not having sex).  You may also be able to take advantage of newer HIV prevention medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

If you are living with HIV, there are many actions you can take to prevent transmission to others. The most important action is taking HIV medicine (called antiretroviral therapy, or ART) as prescribed. If you take HIV medicine as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral load (or stay virally suppressed), you can stay healthy and have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative sex partner.

All About HIV

HIV started decades ago and still exists today. Learn about the history, how far we’ve come, and about how this disease affects Indiana today.

Get the Facts

Prevention & Testing

Prevention of HIV has improved drastically just in the past few years. Thanks to PrEP and advancements in testing, preventing new HIV transmissions is more achievable than ever.

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Get Help

Whether you, your friend, family, or loved one needs help, there are people who care right here in Central Indiana.

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Make a Difference

Make A Difference

For over 3 decades, The Indy Bag Ladies have raised funds to help those living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana. 100% of your donations go directly to the Greg Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA) Fund managed by the Indiana AIDS Fund at the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

The Indy Bag Ladies have been able to raise and donate millions of dollars because of support from people just like you!

Thank you in advance for helping us continue The Indy Bag Ladies Legacy!

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Upcoming Events

Bag Lady Bus Tour Event
30 Sep 2020
8:00 AM
The Queens' Challenge

Bag Lady Queens

Since 1981, The Bag Ladies have maintained tradition by selecting a new Bag Ladies Queen at the end of The Bag Ladies Bus Tour. Each year, there is a high level of competition to become the newest addition to the pantheon.


Through community service, fundraising and participation in shows, candidates work to show the former Bag Ladies Queens and their community they have what it takes to wear the crown and represent the title.


June Taylor



Barbra Pleaze


Pollyanna Parker


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Nora Castleton

Nora Castleton is undeniably THE historian of the Indy Bag Ladies.

Quick to flesh out a trip down memory lane, her words add flavor and color (and sometimes smells) to every story.

In times of hunger, she’s always there with a perfectly appointed meat & cheese platter and has left a lasting mark as the busiest off-ramp in Indianapolis.

In her boy life, Nora continues to advocate for the health of people living with HIV, promote safer sex practices which include PrEP and viral suppression and  reduce HIV stigma through sharing the science behind U=U (undetectable = untransmittable).

Nora Castleton

Indy Bag Ladies Queen - 1985

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