Support for people living with HIV, from people living with HIV. We strongly believe that people living with HIV are best placed to devise and deliver the highest quality of services to complement the clinical care of others also living with HIV and promote the best quality of life.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1007685)
There are over 96,000 people living with HIV in the UK. Upon receiving a diagnosis or after living with HIV for years, many people require support to help them achieve the best outcome for their overall well-being including help with managing treatment, talking about their HIV to others, and discussing relationships. Isolation is a major issue, with fear of the stigma and discrimination towards HIV often leading to people being unable to talk to family or friends about their HIV.
Our ethos is that the best complement to clinical care is the support of someone who has a thorough understanding of what an individual is going through. In line with this, all our front-line staff and volunteers are themselves living with HIV. They use their first-hand experience to support others diagnosed with HIV through familiarity with issues they may face and provide a confidential ear to talk to.
I could tell that I wasn‚Äôt going to be judged. We spoke for almost 40 minutes that day and I left the clinic in tears of joy and relief.
Just knowing another person, someone I would see out clubbing or in Tesco, was living with the same virus I was... I finally felt like I wasn‚Äôt alone.
I could tell that I wasn’t going to be judged. We spoke for almost 40 minutes that day and I left the clinic in tears of joy and relief.
Just knowing another person, someone I would see out clubbing or in Tesco, was living with the same virus I was... I finally felt like I wasn’t alone.
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