Positive 21 - Challenging HIV in the 21st century

Positive21 - A peer support group for gay, bisexual & MSM men living with HIV

 

Welcome to the Positive21 website

'It is showing that you are positive'
"These were the words of the nurse that diagnosed me HIV+ on the 15th December 2015. These 7 words are embedded in my mind, my heart and my soul and will be forever... And then Michael Avloitos of Positive21 arrived [in my life] on the 20th January 2016..."

Positive 21 discussion group Positive21 is a progressive support group, created with the sole aim of providing emotional support and a confidential discussion and advice outlet to gay, bisexual and MSM men of all ages living with HIV/AIDS.

Positive21 is a peer support/self-help group, rather than a counselling group, the aim of which is to share and offer moral support, information and advice in a confidential and safe environment to people with HIV. The group embraces traditional support group procedures, whilst addressing the many issues and concerns faced in the 21st century. The main focus of Positive21 is on the emotional aspect of living with HIV—be it newly diagnosed or long term. As a result of contnuing funding cuts, both by Local Government and the NHS, it is proving increasingly difficult to find the range of services offered by Positive21. We are a registered charity and all our funding comes from private donations and fund raising events and is therefore unaffected by funding cuts.

Much has changed since HIV was discovered more than 30 years ago. Awareness of the virus has increased, along with great advancements in medical treatments. People with HIV now have a near normal life expectancy. Nevertheless, with the number of HIV people increasing every day, emotional support is one area that many people are less inclined to seek. This can be due to busy work lives, fear of confidentiality being breached, embarrassment, shame or other common reasons.

Positive21 was founded by and is led by Michael Avloitos, an experienced and qualified trainer and a peer support group facilitator. His experience was gained through his work as a co-training officer with The London Lighthouse in its early years, an environment that gave unconditional love and support to everyone and a place of sanctuary for many in their hour of need. Michael, therefore, brings a compassionate, structured approach to the group and his priority is to create a safe place within a relaxed and friendly environment that people feel confident in attending.

Since the establisment of Positive21 in 2012, the support services have been increasingly in demand and continue to grow in scope. Very popular is the Positive21 Outreach Monday peer support service and the 24 hour telephone outreach support service, which is available seven days a week to all active users of Positive21. Also, Positive21 members have access to a free counselling service conducted by a qualified and professional therapist.

Positive21 is an independent peer support group and bears no affiliation, to any other HIV support group.

Donations are our only source of funding. Anyone able to support Positive21 and our work can make a donation via the website by clicking on the "Donate" button on this page.

Your donations enable us to continue to provide our specialist range of services to people living with HIV who need but cannot get peer support elsewhere.

  © 2012-17 by Positive21. All rights reserved. Registered Charity: 1166143.
 
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