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Positive East is a London charity that provides support and advice services to people living with (and affected by) HIV. They have been at the forefront of HIV service and care for 28 years; supporting people from point of HIV diagnosis to longer term care. While there have been some fantastic developments in HIV medication and medical care, there are still huge barriers that many people living with HIV face. These can include social isolation, poor mental health and a lack of self-worth.
Every year, Positive East supports more than 4,000 people who walk through their doors to access their services – such as counselling sessions, support groups, their advice line and their health and well-being programme – as well as providing free HIV/STI tests in the Positive East building and at their outreach sessions.
Their vision is “A world where people living with HIV are able to fulfill their potential, free from stigma and discrimination, living full healthy lives” and their mission is to “Improve the quality of life of individuals and communities affected by HIV”.
There have been some fantastic developments in the world of HIV medication since the 1980s. However, there are still lots of social and economic issues faced by many people living with HIV and the HIV and sexual health sector is experiencing severe funding cuts every single year. Positive East is now relying more than ever on the generosity of the community to support their vital work
The skydive in July is a huge challenge that I am so excited (and terrified) to take on!