Event

The Pregnancy Journey Workshop

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Pregnancy Journey Website - Saturday 20 January 2018

Being HIV positive shouldn’t stop women who want to, to be parents. With good treatment, care and support, women with HIV can expect to have a joyous pregnancy and parenthood just like any other person.

Despite this, many women may have doubts and/or questions about the implications of having HIV and becoming a parent. This is why we are running a one day Pregnancy Journey workshop, led by our mentor mothers – women who have been through pregnancy while being HIV positive – and with the participation of doctors and midwives, to support women who would like to know up-to-date information on HIV, pregnancy and parenthood.

 

On the day we will cover:

  • Pre-Conception: things to consider before getting pregnant, how to conceive safely, communicating with partners
  • Pregnancy: what happens during pregnancy, HIV treatment and the baby
  • Delivery: the options available, how to make choices
  • Aftercare: the mother’s health, your baby’s health, breast feeding and formula milk, building a support network

 

It will be a great opportunity to meet other women with HIV who are mothers or want to be mothers.

Date: Saturday 20 January 2018

Venue: Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR

Time: 10am – 5pm

Please book your place on: hrogers@positivelyuk.org or Donyango@positivelyuk.org or call 020 7713 0444

 

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided. Advance booking is required, reasonable child care costs and travel expenses will be reimbursed

Parliament Hosts Iconic AIDS Quilts 30 Years on From Government Tombstone Adverts

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The UK AIDS Quilt on display last year in St Paul's CathedralThirty years since the outbreak of the HIV epidemic, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on public display in Westminster Hall to commemorate the lives of those lost.

The exhibition “People and Parliament: Remembering 30 Years of HIV and AIDS” will see six of the quilts go on display, to look back at how far we’ve come with HIV since the 1980s, but how much more there is still left to do.

Positively UK is proud to be part of the coalition of charities that have worked to display this irreplaceable piece of international social history.

The UK quilt panels will be on display in Parliament for one week only from 27 November, including World AIDS Day on 1 December, as part of an exhibition looking at parliaments role in the HIV epidemic, from the iconic 1987 tombstone adverts through to present day home HIV testing.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is an irreplaceable piece of international social history and tells the stories of people whose lives were lost at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

Hundreds of individuals made quilt panels in memory of loved ones who had died from AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, inspired by a global project that started in America.

The historic display has been organised by a coalition of charities including George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, The Food Chain, Positively UK and Sahir House, with support from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV – the oldest APPG. The charities hope the exhibitions will help remember those lost and raise awareness of HIV to younger generations.

HIV no longer stops those living with the virus leading long and healthy lives – but there is still much to be done to support those living with HIV, tackle stigma and diagnose the 1 in 6 who are unaware they have the virus.

Get involved on social media using the hashtag #AIDSQuiltUK

 

Stephen Doughty MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV said:

The exhibition is both a remarkable visual testimony to the thousands of lives lost to AIDS and an important reflection on Parliament’s role throughout the HIV epidemic from the iconic 1987 tombstone adverts through to latest innovations such as HIV home testing.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is an irreplaceable piece of international social history which tells the stories of people whose lives were lost particularly at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. This exhibition must serve as a reminder of how far we have come in treating HIV/AIDS in the UK and the important role which Parliament has played and continues to play in ending the epidemic, but also how much more remains to be done in the UK and globally.

Allan Anderson, CEO of Positively UK added:

There is much cause to celebrate advances in HIV treatment and care. Through the U=U campaign we’re raising of how treatments reduce the levels of HIV so that a person living with the condition has no risk of transmitting it to a sexual partner. People living with HIV now have a normal life expectancy as the general population and we’re getting more people tested than ever before. However we still need to remember how far we have come, those we lost along the way and take time to commemorate those individuals on World AIDS Day.

Between the Sheets 2017

Monday, July 24th, 2017

We extremely excited to announce that our women’s project, ‘Positively Women’, will be holding a Between The Sheets event on Saturday 30 September.

This will be a day event exploring issues around: pleasure, sex, relationships, intimacy, and self-love for women living with HIV.

Between the Sheets

The day will include:

  • Silver Sex…. ie, Sex and the Menopause!
  • Creative Workshops: My Pleasure…
  • Sex Toys for Women
  • Our Bodies, Our Selves — understanding and exploring women’s sexuality after an HIV diagnosis
  • Self-Love & Make Up session

When: Saturday 30 September from 10:30 to 5pm

Where: Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR

How to Book: email hrogers@positivelyuk.org or spetretti@positivelyuk.org

Between the Sheets events were started in 2012 by Sahir House in collaboration with Community Health in Liverpool, to offer women living with HIV a safe space to explore issues around sexuality, intimacy and pleasure. Positively UK is proud to carry on this legacy!

Creative Writing, Drama and Poetry Workshops

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Women hold a wealth of knowledge through their experiences of living with HIV

However, there are few opportunities to hear stories from women about living with HIV and getting older

Come and explore exciting ways of sharing experiences and hearing others’

 

 

You will:

  • Have fun in a safe and welcoming space
  • Be part of a diverse group of women and a shared experience
  • Gain new skills and develop your talents
  • No experience necessary

Come along to our twice a month creative workshops at Positively UK, where we will be exploring new ways of sharing and discussing our diverse experiences of being women.

 

These workshops are open to women living with HIV of ALL ages

 

Place:

345 City Road, EC1V 1LR
it is a safe and supportive space

Dates:

28th January, 11th February, 25th February, 10th March,
17th March, 14th April, 28th April

Time:

6:00pm – 8:00pm

 

Who is involved:

Kat is a community theatre maker and lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She works collaboratively with community-based organisations to use creative ways to explore understandings of sex, sexuality and sexual health, using many different art forms.

Silvia is a woman living with HIV. She works at Positively UK as Deputy CEO leading on the policy and involvement work, ensuring people living with HIV are involved in decision making. Since 2004 she has been openly living with HIV because she believes it is a powerful way to challenge stigma against people with HIV.

Shema is an HIV specialist doctor and researcher at UCL whose main interest over the past ten years has been the health of women living with HIV. She is currently leading a nationwide research study (the PRIME Study) looking at menopause in women living with HIV.

Matilda has been involved with Positively UK for many years and has been a Trustee since 2013. She holds a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education and an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy both at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and currently works as Freelance Drama therapist and HIV Youth consultant.

Helen is a woman living with HIV. She works at Positively UK as Women’s’ Project coordinator. Since 2002, Helen has been a dedicated promoter and advocate for integrated, culturally sensitive care and support for ensuring people living with HIV as well as empowering them in coping with their HIV diagnosis, treatment and adherence.

WISE-UP+ 2015

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Women Inspire, Support and Empower –
Unleashing Positive Potential

Have you ever felt fed up and unhappy about society’s attitude to HIV?

Would you like more respect and acceptance?

Do you want to make a difference? Then WISE-UP+ is for you

 

Women: Meet other women living with HIV and share experiences Inspire and be inspired: Learn about specific issues for women living with HIV and developing strategies to address them Support: Build a support network and learn how to find sources of support Empower: Know your rights, develop skills to be heard and influence decision making. Unleashing Positive Potential: Be yourself!

 

The workshop will include:

  • Knowing your rights
  • Confidence building
  • Nurturing support and self acceptance
  • Sexual healing –sex pleasure and relationships with HIV
  • Skills for challenging injustices and action for change
  • Creativity and poetry

 
 

To apply for a place, please complete the
Application Form

 

“I do feel different after coming to WISE-UP+ I now know how to deal with the problems we get.”

Previous WISE-UP+ attendee

 

Where: Luther King House, Manchester

When: 30th October to 1st November

To find out more contact us on:

020 7713 0444 | wiseup@positivelyuk.org

 

Application deadline: 25th September 2015

Travel, food and accommodation and some support for childcare will be provided.

Between the Sheets

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

 

Ladies… Let’s talk sex, pleasure and HIV!

Am I doing it right?

How do I negotiate safer sex with my partner?

Will sex be the same after a diagnosis?

 

Are you a woman living with HIV?

Aged 18+

Interested in learning more about sex and pleasure?

Want a complimentary MAC makeover?

 

With the help of our special guests we will have a day filled with:

  • Girl talk
  • Open discussions around sexual pleasure
  • Sex toy display
  • Sex, pregnancy and HIV
  • Creative workshops
  • Growing older with HIV
  • MAC make up demonstration

When:

Saturday 19th September

11:00am – 5:30 pm

Where:

345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR

 

For further details and to book a place, please contact:

Maureen mkiwanuka@positivelyuk.org or
Silvia spetretti@positivelyuk.org

 

 

Positively UK to challenge HIV stigma at London LGBT Pride

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

 

This Saturday, to promote awareness and show solidarity across everyone living with and affected by HIV, Positively UK will be marching at London LGBT Pride for the first time. The event will also mark the start of a new project supporting gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London.

 

Positively UK are marching at London LGBT Pride to spread awareness of HIV stigma!

 

For Jim Fielder, Positively UK’s new gay men’s support worker, this is his first Pride march and the first time he has been so public about his status since his diagnosis last year. ‘I believe it’s important to be open and to challenge some of the attitudes that still cause misery for many people living with HIV, including within the gay community’ says Jim. ‘I’ve been lucky. I had the confidence to get tested, get access to the latest medication and have a great support network around me. But this isn’t the case for everybody. In spite of the improvements in the treatment and care of HIV, a significant proportion of people living with HIV still report experiencing stigma and discrimination and this leads to poor physical and emotional health.

The aim of Positively UK’s first Pride march is to show the face of HIV in 2015 and challenge the stigma people living with it still experience. One of these people is Steve who was diagnosed with HIV in 2014. Steve accesses support at Positively UK, but like many others wants to remain anonymous and won’t be joining in on Saturday. ‘Although I would love to be part of Pride, I will not be able to due to my social background. In my culture it is hardly acceptable to be gay, let alone to be gay and HIV+. I would be extremely worried and nervous that someone would see me marching on Pride day.

We know that HIV stigma is a barrier for some people to get tested’ adds Jim ‘and as a quarter of people estimated to be living with HIV are unaware of their status, this is an ongoing problem. We may only be a small group marching on Saturday but we will be marching for all those people living in the shadows who still struggle to be more open about their HIV status and get access to the support they need.

 

Positively UK will be marching under the theme of ‘We are Positive’ and encouraging people to tweet on the day using the hashtag #wearepositive. If you would like join them on the March please contact JFielder@positivelyuk.org or call 020 7713 0444

 

An evening for People Affected by HIV

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 
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