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New workshops for people recently diagnosed HIV positive

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New workshops for people recently diagnosed HIV positive
Posted on: January 21 2014, 03:07 pm

Posted on behalf of Angelina:
Attached, please find a flyer for our weekend workshops for people newly diagnosed with HIV.

Press release:
Leading peer-led HIV charity supporting people to Connect, Learn and Take Control

London, UK- The Islington based charity, Positively UK, will be holding a series of self-contained weekend long workshops for people recently diagnosed with HIV.

Facilitated by Positively UK staff and volunteers who are living with HIV themselves, Taking a new approach to supporting people with an HIV diagnosis the two day events will provide participants with the opportunities to: connect with other people living with HIV; learn how to get the support they need; and take control of their HIV.

Marc Thompson, Peer Mentor Project Co-ordinator, stated, “Receiving an HIV diagnosis can be a frightening and confusing time. These workshops will give people the opportunity to connect with others in a similar position, with the same kind of concerns. These weekend workshops will provide the participants with a deeper understanding of HIV, increased knowledge of treatment and care, and, most importantly, the chance to engage with other people; all of which will help open the door to living well with HIV”. 

Over the course of the weekend, participants will be able to ask any questions and receive advice, guidance and support from peers who understand the issues that living with HIV may present. Participants will also get to meet representatives from a range of organisations that provide support to people living with HIV.
Those facilitating the workshops will share their own experiences of living with HIV, responding to the situations of the participants and their specific concerns.
Three workshops will run in the New Year, taking place on:
1-2 February
15-16 March
12-13 April
The workshops will be delivered at Positively UK’s premises in London

Positively UK
Positively UK is the leading provider of peer support for people living with HIV in the UK and has been delivering support for people living with HIV, from people living with HIV for over 25 years. Last year we delivered over 3000 hours of one-to-one support and 110 group support sessions, with 92% of service users reporting an increased ability to manage their HIV and reduced isolation.
Key Facts :
•   There are 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK
•   24% of people are unaware of their HIV infection
•   6,000 people are diagnosed HIV positive every year in the UK
•   Over 3,000 of the newly diagnosed were gay men
•   Just under 3,000 of the new diagnosed where heterosexual, mainly from African and other BME communities
•   Nearly half of those newly diagnosed presented late, with symptoms of ill health, and at increased risk of dying

Or call 0207 713 0444 for more information

Could you kindly circulate to people you feel may benefit from attending.
Thank you.
Kind regards


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