Event

Women-Only Peer Support Training

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

As part of our Positive Talks project, we are hosting a HIV Peer Support training for women who are looking for opportunities to volunteer.

WHEN: 21, 22 and 23 June

WHERE: NAZ, 30 Black’s Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT

To apply, fill in this form, or e-mail nmoepi@positivelyuk.org or mrattue@positivelyuk.org

Peer Training for Women with HIV

The Seeds Project: Upcoming Events

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Seeds is a horticulture wellbeing project designed and run by the experienced horticulturalist and garden designer Virginia Cucchi. The project is a partnership between Positively UK, The Food Chain, YMCA Positive Health and The Calthorpe Community Gardens, where people gather for regular gardening sessions, outdoor gym classes, picnics and nutrition talks. To celebrate the beginning of the summer, the Seeds participants invite you to:

Gardening at the Calthorpe Community Gardens  

WHEN: 19th June (Wednesday), from 2pm to 4pm

WHERE: The Calthorpe Community Gardens, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LH

Mila Campoy, our gardening therapist, will lead the class. As usual, we will have a chat over a cup of fresh herbal tea from the garden. Experienced gardeners, curious nature lovers, and those who just want to socialise, with or without gloves and tools, are welcome!

Wetland Centre Walthamstow visit

WHEN: 20th June (Thursday), from 2:30pm to 4pm

WHERE:  We will meet at Tottenham Hale Station

John, one of our Seeds participants and a local resident, together with Positively UK’s peer mentor David Wyatt will lead the walk to the Engine House in the Wetland Centre. We will meet those who arrive late at 3:30pm at the Wetland Centre entrance on Forest Road, after the Ferry Boat Inn Pub. From there we will take the scenic path to another section on the Wetlands. You are welcome to bring a friend to the walk!

Calthorpe Community Gardens 35th anniversary celebration

WHEN: 21th June (Friday), from 6pm onwards

WHERE: The Calthorpe Community Gardens, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LH

For more than 35 years the Calthorpe Project has been a thriving green oasis in the heart of King’s Cross, bringing people together making it the vibrant place that it is today. Join the Seeds group on Friday 21st June from 6pm for an evening of sport, music, food and celebrations!

Easy Cardio outdoor gym class with Lin from YMCA Positive Health

WHEN: 26th June (Wednesday), 2pm – 3pm, tea and a chat after the class

WHERE: The Calthorpe Community Gardens, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LH

Join us at the hidden oasis of King Cross for our regular outdoor exercise routine. This cardiovascular exercise class is developed especially for those who are 50 years and older to keep your heart and lungs strong, relieving symptoms of anxiety, and helping you feel younger.



For more information about the The Seeds, please contact Virginia: vcucchi@positivelyuk.org.

Thorpe Park Social

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

ARE YOU 16-24 YEARS OLD?

LIVING WITH HIV?

FREE ON SATURDAY 29TH JUNE 2019?

JOIN US FOR A DAY OF THRILL AND LAUGHTER AT THORPE PARK!

You must register below and be able to get to London on the 19th June 2019.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JPJL7TR

Gay Men’s Wellbeing: Upcoming events

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Are you a gay or bisexual man looking for socialising opportunities? We’ve got exciting events lining up for you. Talk to Chris, our Project Coordinator, for more information.

18 April – GayTalk Social

29 may – Chemsex Volunteer Training

1 June – Nutrition and HIV

15 June – Building Emotional Resilience

Gay Men’s Wellbeing: upcoming events

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Are you a gay or bisexual man looking for socializing opportunities? We’ve got three exciting events lining up for you. Contact Chris, our Project Coordinator, for more information.

Gay Men’s Talk: upcoming events

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

February brings exciting opportunities to gay men to socialise and build a healthy sense of self-care in a friendly environment.

6th February: Yoga Nidra

The nurturing and meditative heart of yoga

Yoga Nidra is an awareness and meditation practice rooted in tantrik Yoga. It is usually done lying down or sitting up comfortably, after warming the body with gentle Yoga stretches and breathing exercises. Yoga Nidra translates as the “yogic sleep” and induces a deep state of relaxation whilst remaining fully awake. The practice promotes experiences of profound healing, rejuvenation of energy and well-being. Regular practice can also be a clearing for enhanced creativity and improved productivity, contributing positively to more effective dealing with life’s challenges. It may also serve as a life skill to evolve one’s life in the context of deeper purpose and meaning, helping to shape a future that inspires and empowers.

Please wear warm loose clothes, for example a track suit, as the body relaxes deeply during the practice. The session will take place on Wednesday, 6th February at 6:30pm.

To book a place contact cohanlon@positivelyuk.org

16th March: Everyday Mindfulness

Learn how to integrate mindfulness techniques into everyday life! Join the amazing public speaker and trainer Mina Kakaiya on Saturday, 16th March at 12:00pm.

Mindfulness is simply a method of mental training that involves paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is practice of simply quieting the mind chatter and focus on being deeply attuned to yourself, your environment and those around you from moment to moment. It is a natural state of mind – focused, present and aware. Rooted in the ancient Buddhist art of meditation, mindfulness can be learned and practiced by anyone, no matter what their religious or cultural background.

Benefits of regular mindfulness practice:
• Help you cope better with pain
• Improves the immune system and increases the body’s self-healing capacity
• Improves memory, focus and attention span
• Improve control of blood sugar in type II diabetes
• Improves sleep
• Reduce stress and increase ability to handle stressful situations easily 

By the end of the session you will be able to:
• To understand what mindfulness is
• The benefits of regular mindfulness practice in promoting wellbeing
• Understanding the default and experiential mindset modes response to events

To book your place, please contact cohanlon@positivelyuk.org

9th March: Let’s Talk Chems

On 9th March at 12:30pm David Stuart will be hosting a discussion at Positively UK on the history of the modern chemsex phenomenon, and how it is impacting our communities and our lives. He will be exploring the pleasures and the harms causes, all within the framework of gay men’s experiences of gay sex and online hook-up culture.

To book your place, please contact cohanlon@positivelyuk.org

I AM HERE festival

Friday, January 4th, 2019

I Am Here Festival, 8-9 March 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 Festival for All Women Living With HIV

Join us for a two-day festival honouring the lives of women with HIV. Let us increase the support and solidarity in our communities and wider society so that we can challenge perceptions and discrimination around HIV.

Connect, Share, Explore: I AM HERE

When: 8th March

Where: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY

On International Women’s Day 2019, we will facilitate a self-reflection led by women living with HIV on the theme “I Am Here”. Together we will boost our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing through exploring dimensions around taking space, being present, being heard, being visible, how to create a personal and collective mission statement. Speakers and workshops tbc shortly.

Connect, Share, Explore: CATWALK 4 POWER

When: 9th March

Where: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY

On 9th March the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama will host a very special catwalk where women with HIV will manifest their strength though the outfits they have styled and designed themselves during the workshops. The Catwalk 4 Power will use creativity to celebrate women’s power, solidarity and resilience. Let us together challenge common perceptions of women with HIV as ‘victims’, and to honour and celebrate our power, resilience and beauty. The event will feature poetry, visual performances and a fashion show, all designed and performed by women with HIV.

The festival will provide women living with HIV across the nation with a platform to meet people and network, develop ideas, form action plan and position themselves as experts and activists. In addition, we will raise visibility of women living with HIV, get inspired and have fun.

Participation in the festival is by registration only. Positively UK will provide 10 full scholarship and 10 travel scholarships for women outside London to participate. To register your attendance or apply for a scholarship, please fill in the application form no later than 5pm on 4th February 2019.

Festive Drop-in!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

As the festive season is upon us, I’m aware that many of you might have plans, so the team at Positively UK thought it might be a great idea to have some teas, coffees, mulled wine and mince pies. So, if you’re around on Thursday 6th December; there are two drop in times to join us. 10am-12 noon and for those who might want to join us after work 6pm-8pm. You’re very welcome to bring your friend or partner, We would love to see you, and have a catch up. Put your Christmas jumpers and join us!

Join the Red Run

Friday, November 9th, 2018

The largest HIV fundraising event – Red Run – is back on 1st December, and we are excited to invite you to support Positively UK once again!

When: 1st December, 11am – 15:00pm

Where: Victoria Park, E9 5EG (NE corner). It’s a 7-minute walk from Hackney Wick Overground.

Along with our peer-led support, Positively UK offers welfare advice and financial support in extreme circumstances. Our hardship payments act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs. This year we are hoping to raise funds for our Hardship Fund.

You can run/walk/strut 5k or 10k, or you can simply come to cheer those who will take part. Changing rooms and bag storage will be available.

We will encourage all Red Runners to bring a jumper that they wish to donate. They will wear the jumper until the race begins. We’ll then collect all the jumpers and donate them to Wandsworth Oasis and their charity shops.

DJs from Horse Meat Disco/Eagle and DENIM will help keep people entertained during. Madam Storm will perform a powerful strut.

London City Voices will sing along the route and flash song mob during the start.

We’ll have an AIDS Memorial marquee, consisting of AIDS Memorial quilts, exhibition curated by the The Welcome Collection and candles that people can place in the shape of a ribbon.

Starbucks will generously pour all participants and guests hot drinks, and the beautiful people at the People’s Park Tavern will once again be hosting the official World AIDS Day Red Run after party with a special BBQ deal: £10 for a burger and beer served in a large heated marquee next to the finish line.

Bring your friends and family, all are welcome to join in the Red Run festivities!

For information contact Ellie: eangus@positivelyuk.org

GayTalk at Kew Gardens

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

 

 Join Chris and the boys for a day out at London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Royal Botanic Gardens!

Annual General Meeting 2018

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Positively UK’s next Annual General Meeting has been moved to 30th October 2018.

We invite our peer mentors, volunteers and service users to join the discussion on:

  • Successes and challenges and financial review of the last year
  • Appointment of auditors
  • Election of Trustees and Chair
  • Moving forward: Strategy 2018 – 2023

Take Control, Learn, Connect!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Recently Diagnosed Workshop

by Ewan Summersbey

Since I started working at Positively UK, I think one of the most rewarding pieces of work I’ve done is to be part of the team that delivers our Recently Diagnosed Workshop. I’ve been living with HIV for twelve years. It’s easy for me to forget the feelings of shock, fear, disbelief and confusion that often come with being told that you have HIV.

Working with people to help them come to terms with their HIV diagnosis and know that, in 2018, it’s all about living with HIV, is a privilege. It’s true that being on treatment means that you really can live as long and as healthily as someone that doesn’t have HIV. It’s true that having an undetectable viral load mean you can’t pass HIV on. However, none of that means that when you first find out, you won’t have lots of very different and sometimes difficult emotions. You will, and that’s natural.

That’s why we do workshops for people that have recently found out that they are living with HIV. The workshops are always facilitated by people living with HIV. You don’t have to explain to us about having HIV. We know what it’s like, even if our personal experiences are different to yours. Taking the time to work out your emotions is important. We spend time talking about what your diagnosis has meant for you. We explore what telling other people about your HIV really means. Lots of people come with the question, “Do I have to tell other people?”. We work that out with you. We look at your treatment and how to manage it. Some of our staff and volunteers are now treatment advocates, so we can answer lots of your questions. We even talk a bit about sex and relationships!

We call the Workshop ‘Take Control, Learn, Connect’. It’s a perfect name because we want you to be in control of your HIV and not the other way round. We hope that you will learn both in terms of information and in terms of tips. Perhaps most importantly, we want you to connect. Connection is so important. Some people with HIV end up feeling isolated. This workshop is just one way to break the isolation. In fact, we offer participants to be part of a WhatsApp group just for the people that attended their workshop. Many participants take up that offer and have both given and received support through it. One group we worked with recently now meet socially on a regular basis. True new friendships have been formed, and that’s been great to watch.

If you wonder if a Recently Diagnosed Workshop is for you, this is what some previous participants have said:

‘I often doubt myself, but to hear you say that you believe I’ve got this, gives me a fire and fight to be even more determined to make this work for me!’

‘A massive thank you for everything the Positively UK team did for me over the weekend, it was truly life-changing and I have left the weekend feeling completely inspired and motivated to continue to hit my goals.’

So if you’ve been diagnosed any time in the last three years and feel like you need some support, why not come along? I know I speak on behalf of the delivery team when I say we’d love to meet you and help you to take control of your HIV, and hopefully make some life long connections.

The workshop will take place on 13th and 14th October at Positively UK. Please reserve your place at info@positivelyuk.org or 02077130444. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered. 

The Pregnancy Journey Workshop

Saturday, September 15th, 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 24 November 2018

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

Time: 10am – 5pm

Please book your place on: hrogers@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

Join this year’s largest HIV community event and support people living with HIV in times of crisis!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

On World AIDS Day – 1st December – friends and supporters of Positively UK will gather at Victoria Park for a great 5k or 10k run. This year’s fundraising is dedicated to our Hardship Support Scheme that provides financial support to help people living with HIV in times of crisis.

A crisis may be linked to mental breakdown, cut in welfare benefits, accident, redundancy, homelessness or other personal circumstances, but it always poses threats to the health and wellbeing of a person. Limited access to good nutrition or inadequate housing can cause significant deterioration for people living with HIV and their dependants. Along with our peer-led support, Positively UK offers welfare advise and financial support in extreme circumstances. Our hardship payments act as a safety net to cover day-to-day living costs.

Join the Red Run here.

Raise funds for people in hardship here.

Our annual Between The Sheets event is back on 15th September 2018!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

This year’s edition will be joined by the charismatic Dr Mapara who will provide a fresh glimpse of the anatomy of female pleasure. MAC Cosmetics make up artists will once again boost our self-love by adding a little sparkle to our looks. Sh! Store – the award-winning erotic emporium – will feature products and create a liberating space for us to explore our intimate side away from pressure or stereotypes. We will start at 11:00 with a peer-led exploration of  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Relationships, Empowerment, Sex, Pleasure, Emotions, Connection, Trust).

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The Catwalk for Power at the International AIDS Conference

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The Catwalk for Power, Resilience and Hope – an initiative started by women with HIV in London for International Women’s Day 2018– is going global next week with a workshop at The International AIDS Conference, in  Amsterdam. Here is Laura’s account of why the Catwalk for Power is important.

After diagnosis, I lost my confidence and self-esteem. I couldn’t get myself to think I deserved the best in life.

Being part of the Catwalk  for Power was transformative, it was organic; it was us, women living with HIV, everyday women who can often be overwhelmed with social inequalities and intersections that can make us underestimate our abilities, who lead and created the event. Everyday women who sometimes forget how much skills and resources we have as individuals and as a community,

When we started with the idea of the Catwalk for Power, we had no clue how exactly it was going to pan out, as we had no blueprint and we were struggling with finances. But we used our life experiences as individuals, mothers, professionals, peers, self-managers, activists etc., as we went on from organising one workshop to the other.

We all had journeys of self- discovery, finding out what we had forgotten we could do, what we didn’t know we could do, or reaffirming what we knew we could do. Using validation, and encouragement, we gave each of us a chance to participate and make decisions and contribute according to our abilities, taking on bigger roles, building confidence. Week after week, we were like flower buds opening up a little bit more

We learnt, we socialized we had fun, we challenged each other and we supported each other. Naturally we had moments of doubt and dips in confidence, but we found innovative and creative ways around them. As always, we were resilient and determined to self-care, look after ourselves, and see ourselves as deserving women, who often put other people first.

We had a variety of workshops to give each woman a choice and a chance to express herself the best way she could: we did hand crafts, watched films, discussed and found spaces to play, to be ourselves, ease off.

On the 7th of March 2018, the day of the Catwalk, for the first time since I was diagnosed I felt pride! Pride at being a woman living with HIV and having the opportunity to be part of this incredible group of resilient women who created a valuable safe place. By creating the Catwalk, we invented a space where to meet each other, search, find, be creative and empower ourselves,

We all strutted our stuff on the catwalk that day, even those who had no plans of walking until then, did: because at that moment, we realized that we are all deserving. We are already enough as we are.  We are truly worthy.

Now, I will be part of the delegation taking the Catwalk for Power to the global scene at the International AIDS Conference in  Amsterdam – and yes you can still support us by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/catwalk4power. This is something that a year ago I would not have believed I could do… I am now looking forward to the future, full of possibilities, my personal life, career and outlook in life have changed because I have finally started to believe I truly deserve it … this is what the Catwalk for Power has been about for me: we didn’t wait for anyone; we did it ourselves by ourselves. We created an enabling environment as women living with HIV to remind ourselves of who we really are, finding the power within ourselves and our community as women!

What we achieved was a big lesson for me about the power of grassroots, taking ownership, creativity, community, sustainable women spaces, collective will and partnerships.

WE ARE HERE!

Bakita, the activist and young poet who introduced us on the night said; “WE ARE TAKING UP SPACE” because THE POWER IS OURS

Commissioners and providers of services, policy makers and all other stakeholders need to work in partnership with women living with HIV to actively support and fund sustainable women centred peer spaces. These spaces are essential in building women’s leadership and capacity to effectively participate in the decisions affecting us, and in enabling us to live well with HIV 

The Catwalk of Power Workshop  

22nd International AIDS Conference – Amsterdam

Tuesday 24th July

11:00 am 12:30 pm

Global Village Youth Pavilion

 

The Catwalk for Power is a collaborative initiative supported by Act Up London and Positively UK.

 

 

 

International Women’s Day – The Power is Ours

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Ahead of International Women’s Day, on the 7th March, Positively UK’s Women’s Room and Act Up Women, held a spectacular event to celebrate the collective and individual power of women with HIV and to highlight the importance of Women Centred Peer Support services. The event featured collective poetry by women with HIV, the young activist and poet Bakita, and a mind-blowing Fashion Runaway where over 20 women strutted with pride, confidence and humour. Here is a summary of the welcoming speech by Positively UK’s Deputy CEO Silvia Petretti.

We are here to mark International Women’s Day, and it is important to remember the history behind what we are celebrating. International Women’s day was set in remembrance of strikes women workers set up in St Petersburg in Russia in 1917. Women were asking for better pay and better working conditions. It was the escalation of those strikes the brought about the October Revolution in Russia. One of the biggest power shifts in history. We must remember that as women we have a very long history of fighting for justice.

This fashion show is a humongous step for us as women with HIV, as openness about HIV can lead to being harshly judged, rejected, and even being at the receiving end of violence. The Catwalk is the fruit of over two months of workshops. We discussed, we wrote poetry, we watched films on the history of HIV activism, we stitched and we bitched, while sewing our outfits, we spoke to each other about women and leadership, we laughed and we argued! In this way we created our Fashion Show.

A few facts on women and HIV:

  • Globally Women are the largest group affected by HIV, 18 million of us have the virus
  • In the UK we are the second largest group with HIV 31%, although you rarely hear about us
  • 80% of women living with HIV in the UK are Black or from other ethnic minority groups
  • Poverty, and disproportional impact of welfare cuts create a huge burden on our lives
  • We experience racism and hostility towards migrants

Moreover, there is a strong link between HIV and violence against women. A study in Homerton hospital in Hackney reported a 52% prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence amongst women with HIV. More than double that the general population.

When we have discussions in our groups, as we support women to develop a better understanding of violence against women in all its forms – not just a black eye – but emotional and financial violence, coercion and control. If we ask for a show of hands on average in a group of 22 women 18 will put their hands up to say that they have experienced some form of violence.

But, there is also some great news, and in preparation to this event women wanted for us to focus on some of the good news.

Because of effective treatment for HIV, by taking pills religiously every day, we can expect to live long lives. Moreover we now have 100% scientific evidence that when we take HIV treatment the virus is controlled we do not transmit HIV. It is called U=U: Undetectable equals untransmittable.

As women with HIV we really want everyone to know this. So next time you have an informal chat with a friend, instead of talking about the weather… maybe you could say: have you heard of U=U? Do you know that people with HIV who are on medications cannot transmit HIV?

However, I need to add a caveat on my enthusiasm for HIV treatment, because I know that the pills that I have been taking for the past 18 years, to keep me alive, have not been studied on my body. A huge issue for us as women with HIV is what we call the Gender Gap in research. On average Randomised Clinical Trials, which are used to research the efficacy and safety of ARV’s, enrol only between 15% to 20% of women. No wonder many of us struggle with side effects. According to PubMed: out of an average of 15,000 research papers published on HIV every year only about 500 have women in the title. I can guarantee that most of those are about pregnancy, because as you know… as women, we only matter when we have babies!

Today we are having a Catwalk of Power because we want to challenge the notion that women with HIV are victims. We are not victims. From the beginning of the epidemics women with HIV have been leaders and agents of change. Positively UK was set in 1987, as Positively Women, by two women living with HIV: Jayne and Sheila, who realised there were no services that met their needs – as most services at the time focussed on gay men. Sheila and Jayne set up the ethos of peer support which is still our foundation at Positively UK 31 years later. By creating Positively Women, which later became Positively UK, Jayne and Sheila set up a very profound strong hold of power: collective power. And it is only through collective power that societal changes have happened in history.

We are having a Catwalk of Resistance because if we didn’t resist, we wouldn’t be alive, given the challenges we face daily as women with HIV. Also, the creative process behind this catwalk is in itself a vital act of resistance.

Finally, we are having a Catwalk of Hope because through profound hope we sustain the vision that together we can create a world where women with HIV live with dignity and respect and where we can all share of all aspects of power: power to make decisions, economic power, political power.

The power is ours! THE POWER IS OURS!

This event was only possible because of the solidarity, generosity love and hard work of some incredible people huge thanks to:

Act Up Women who funded the costs of the workshops and the event, especially Mare Tralla and Donna Riddington who co-facilitated all the workshops and donated their expertise, passion and humour as feminist artists. Please check Act Up’s website if you would like to get involved in Direct Action to address HIV and health injustice.

Madam Storm got us all the strutting power, and more, we are all changed women after learning catwalk skills form her. She is a charismatic coach, performer, international dominatrix, who has as a mission in life to unlock women’s potential. If you want to increase confidence in the shortest time possible check her website for Strut Masterclasses. You can follow her on Instagram @MadamStorm

The poet and activist Bakita stunned the room with her words of power. Follow her on twitter @BakitaKK

The British born Bajan poet Dorothea Smartt who enabled us to develop our collective poem.

Thank you to The Big Lottery who funds Positively UK Women’s Project.

Thank you to MAC Makeup and especially Abigail Rowley and her team for always supporting our events and making us all look even more fabulous on the Catwalk!

And of course, the biggest thank you to all the 25 women with HIV who strutted for International Women’s Day 2018 with all their power, and stated: I am here. We are here: The Power is Ours!

written by Silvia Petretti

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!