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Women-Only Peer Support Training

Tuesday, April 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: 24, 25 and 26 May

WHERE: 14 Chillingworth Road N7 8QJ

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

Our April Newsletter is out

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Take a look at our latest updates here.

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

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

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

I AM HERE festival: workshops calendar

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

I AM HERE: Connect, Share, Explore is a festival celebrating the lives of women with HIV. The festival will take place on 8th and 9th of March, and we have a series of fascinating workshops for us to mobilise and connect!

For more information and to book your place, please e-mail

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.

We are recruiting for two Catwalk 4 Power Coordinators!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018


SALARY  £25,000 to 27,000 per annum pro rata, depending on experience
HOURS 15 hours per week
DURATION 1 Year fixed-term contract

Catwalk For Power Coordinator (two posts):

This one-year project will build on the success of the 2018 Catwalk 4 Power Resistance and Hope. Our pilot model gathered over 20 women with HIV to promote action to challenge stigma through creative participatory methods.

In 2019 the Catwalk for Power will create three series of workshops, with three different women’s groups (London, Brighton and Manchester), to look at the roots of stigma towards women with HIV and develop skills and strategies to confront it.  The workshops will lead to the performance of three Catwalks 4 Power, where women with HIV will manifest empowerment through their performances and with the outfits they have styled and/or designed. 

The project coordinators and volunteers will also do outreach in the wider community through local market stalls. Markets are a key place for social interaction between women, therefore each catwalk group will organize two market stalls displaying products produced during the workshops to disseminate information and raise awareness through women-specific HIV resources.  

At the end the project coordinators in collaboration with volunteers, participants and Positively UK staff, will produce a report in the form of a Catwalk 4 Power ‘toolkit’ ,  to share learning so that other women’s groups around the world can be inspired and know how to create their own Catwalks for Power.  

Successful candidates will be:

  • Diagnosed, and living with HIV, for at least two years
  • Open about living with HIV
  • Self-starters, able to work as part of a team and under own supervision
  • Experienced in public speaking and/or activism
  • Interested in arts and crafts or performing arts

If interested, please request an application pack by contacting Positively UK:

020 7713 0444 or

Application Resources

Job Description

Personal Specification

Final date for applications is 10 am on Friday 14th December

Interviews will be held Tuesday 18th December


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:

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.

Hearing Your Views, Shaping Our Direction

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

We are starting the process of renewing our five-year strategy and want to ensure that we hear the views of everyone we work with, including: people living with HIV who use our services,   our volunteers and  trained peer mentors, partner organisations and clinics across the UK.

We would also like to hear from anyone living with HIV in the UK, who hasn’t used our services or participated in our training yet,  but may want to get involved in the future.


We want to know what you think we do well and what we should be doing as we move forwards.


This survey has been developed to provide initial feedback. We will follow this consultation by holding focus groups before drafting our new strategy at the end of the summer.

We have already conducted a workshop with our staff and Trustees to find out what matters most to them about the organisation and our work. We asked what they thought matters most to those who access support from us, what makes us different, unique, or that we do better than anyone else and finally what work they think we should be doing moving forwards.

We would now like to ask you those same questions so that we have a sense of what is most important to you .


Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey:

Deadline for completing the survey is 12th August 2018




We’re Recruiting a Gay Men’s Programme Co-ordinator

Friday, June 29th, 2018


SALARY c £26,000 per annum pro rata, depending on experience
HOURS 28 hours per week
DURATION 1 Year fixed term contract

Gay Men’s Programme Co-ordinator:

We are recruiting a programme co-ordinator to build on our highly successful work with gay and bisexual men. This will include provision of one-to-one case work support, groups and workshops for gay and bisexual men living with HIV, managing a team of volunteer peer mentors, and strengthening links and referral pathways with other agencies. The Gay Men’s Co-ordinator is an exciting role at Positively UK, and coincides with the development of our new 5-year strategy, which will provide the post holder with the potential to shape the future development of the project.

Successful candidates will be:

  • Diagnosed, and living with HIV, for at least two years
  • Identify as gay or bisexual
  • A self-starter, able to work as part of a team and under own supervision
  • Experienced in providing support to people living with HIV or other vulnerable groups
  • Experienced in group facilitation

For an informal conversation about the role contact:

Garry Brough at Positively UK on 020 7713 0444

For an application pack:

Contact Nickesha on: 020 7713 0444, email:

Final date for applications is 9am on Thursday 12 July

Interviews will be held Tuesday 17 July


We’re Recruiting a Fundraising & Communication Manager

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to combine your fundraising and communications skills?

Want to make a positive difference to the lives of others?


SALARY £33,000 FTE (28 hours)
HOURS 28 hours per week, 4 Days Flexible Working Hours

Fundraising & Communications Manager Role:

Based in our office in Islington, the successful candidate will support the implementation of the charity’s Fundraising and Communications strategies. They will lead on income generation from corporate partners, charitable trusts and individual giving, while raising the external profile of the charity through our website, newsletters, social media and published materials.

Successful candidates will be:

  • Experienced in fundraising within the voluntary sector, able to both maintain and develop relationships with relevant partners
  • An excellent communicator with the ability to address the diverse audiences the role requires
  • A self-starter, able to work both independently and as part of the wider staff team

For an informal chat, contact:

Garry Brough or Silvia Petretti at Positively UK on 020 7713 0444

For an application pack:

Contact Nickesha on: 020 7713 0444, email:

Final date for applications: 10am on Friday 22 June

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27 June


Reclaiming Our Humanity, Everyone’s

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Bakita Kasadha

By Bakita Kasadha

Bakita is an activist and consultant in the HIV sector and the European representative on Y+ Board (the youth arm of the Global Network of People Living with HIV).

Outside of the HIV sector, Bakita is a personal development trainer and poet – performing under the name BakitaKK. She is currently studying a masters in anthropology and community development.

Twitter: @BakitaKK

“…during the initial stage of the struggle, the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors, or ‘sub-oppressors’.”
– Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed


I am not shy in making it known that I don’t think the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target is enough. Under this target the depression that might be triggered by ARTs or the self-stigma preventing a person with HIV believing they are deserving of a loving respectful relationship is not factored in. Under the current target diagnosed and undetectable is enough.

I would like us to move towards a target that includes quality of life. We need to think beyond pills and viral loads and towards rehumanising people living with HIV.

HIV is a health inequality and it is no surprise that certain groups are more likely to be impacted than others. These groups are also more likely to face at least one ‘ism’, ‘isms’ that limit our humanity and dehumanise us.

Equally, people living with HIV, researchers, those who lead peer-led support and charities in the sector do not exist in a vacuum. We are exposed to the same messages, systems and structures; unless we’re vigilant and make a conscious effort we run the risk of continuing to reflect the same discrimination in our advocacy.

Sometimes in our equality efforts and campaigns, we run the risk of fighting to have the same powers as those groups we consider oppressive, rather than challenging or changing the power structures. When our campaigns turn into something like that, they only end up serving those who look like us and experience life in a similar way that we do.


So if your advocacy dismisses the experiences of HIV positive people who were born in the 90s and noughties because they don’t seem as painful as the experiences as those who were adults in the 80s and 90s…

If your HIV advocacy involves young people, migrants and trans people only in conversations about their experiences as being young, migrants and trans people…

If your HIV advocacy ignores the unique journey of being born and growing up with HIV…

If your HIV advocacy leaves BAME women as an afterthought in research, representation and prevention…

If your HIV advocacy mutes the realities of AIDS-defining illnesses, because they’re not an ‘issue’ in your country…

If your HIV advocacy excludes HIV positive people who are detectable from discussions about safe and pleasurable sex…

Then I’m afraid there are a growing number of people who are just not going to put up with it. None of us should.


What may be referred to as “in-fighting” in activism, I would argue (instead) is a growing number of groups gaining a better understanding of how they are discriminated against structurally and seeing that reflected in our advocacy.

It’s time for introspection and to examine whether our HIV advocacy is actually advocacy for all HIV positive people, or for those who have similar lived experiences to ours. Let’s not sacrifice groups that are already ‘othered’ in general society.

It’s a simple idea, but the process won’t be so. Recognising others’ humanity will involve us diagnosing and unlearning the ‘isms’ we carry. Recognising our own, reclaiming our humanity will require us to challenge our internal voices that have dubbed us underserving for far too long.


I am hopeful, but it won’t be light work. We need to be in this together.

Yoga: re-discovering physical and mental balance after an HIV diagnosis

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Silvia teaches Yoga at Positively UK every Monday from 6 to 7:30 pm. In this blog, she recalls how she started practising yoga, and how yoga has benefited her physical and mental health:


When I was diagnosed with HIV, over 20 years ago, I went through a profound trauma. It was terrifying. I was physically well, but I knew that HIV was inside me. It made me feel like my body was hiding a terrible enemy. When I started on the first gruelling regimes of Anti Retro Viral (ARV) medication, I also felt quite toxic, as I had so many side effects. Luckily the medication has vastly improved.

HIV had not only invaded me at a physical level, but also mentally. I had struggled with low self-esteem and depression, through my teens and twenties. The diagnosis exasperated those problems and I went though some really dark times. I initially experienced having HIV as a confirmation of all my worst thoughts about myself. I felt, worthless, damaged, tainted.

Self-Stigma was one of the first and most painful symptoms of HIV.


Somehow one weekend in 2000, I stumbled into a local Ashtanga Yoga class, in a rundown room at the Brockwell Lido, in South London. The room seemed to breathe, and sweat, as the practitioners moved from posture to posture. The yoga teachers, two black women, Jennifer and Sabel, had supple and toned bodies. Even when they didn’t move, there was an energy about them like two beautiful wild leopards that are about to spring and run. Their eyes sparkled, as they gave instructions, and supported students into postures. I was hooked, even as I panted and sweated and struggled through the positions. I was stiff, breathless, and very weak!

Through yoga I rediscovered the joy of being in my skin, flesh and bones. As I started to go to yoga classes more frequently, something awoke within me. Pure happiness of being alive. Lifting my arms, breathing: I felt all the cells in my body rejoicing.

Almost immediately yoga helped me re-connect to something within me which is strong, happy, stable and compassionate.

Soon I started practicing yoga first thing in the morning, every day, before going to work, as it helped me feeling well, and focussed.


Through years of practice my body and mind have drastically changed. I am 51, I have lived with HIV and Hepatitis C for over two decades. I have been through years and years of powerful cocktails of drugs to keep HIV under control, and I am still often surprised that I feel stronger, healthier, and more confident in my body now, than I ever had in my twenties or thirties.

Mentally I have also changed profoundly, I just don’t get caught up in my own thoughts the way I used to. I also look at my HIV diagnosis in a different way. I can see now that HIV was my first yoga teacher. It made me face my mortality, what in Yoga we call ‘impermanence’. Realising that ultimately I had no control, I could die any moment, made me value the life I have. It made me truly realise that we really only have the present moment. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, one of the most important philosophical text in yoga, starts with the word Now. ‘Now, in this moment, we start the instruction of Yoga’ – atha yoga-anuśāsanam.

HIV woke me up, and made me pay attention to my life, it made me realise I cannot take what I have for granted. Each and every moment is precious, and I am grateful to be alive.


Because of the huge benefit yoga practice has offered to my mental and physical health, since 2015 I have started teaching a community class for people living with HIV at Positively UK. Yoga is very expensive, and it can also be intimidating going to a yoga class if you have never done it, or if you have lost your confidence after an HIV diagnosis.

Through this class I want to share, in a safe peer space, the transformative experience of yoga. The class is free for people with HIV and everyone is welcome. No previous experience of yoga needed. The class is every Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm, at Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR.

You can just drop in and try! If you have any questions about yoga and participating, please email

I have been practicing yoga since 2000, with several teachers, mainly in the Astanga yoga tradition. In 2007 I have started practicing under the guidance of Hamish Hendry, one of the few teachers certified by by Guruji – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – in Mysore since 2001. Hamish has supported and encouraged me to teach and share yoga with others.

In 2016 I completed the 200 hour Teacher Intensive with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor – senior Ashtanga yoga teacher, with over 40 years of experience, in Boulder Colorado.

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HIV Manifesto 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017


Join us in challenging local candidates to pledge their support for people living with and affected by HIV. The general election is a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV; please add your voice to our campaign.

We have come a long way since the 1980s. While stigma and discrimination remain, HIV is now a long term condition and individuals are living with HIV into old age. HIV affects individuals of all ages with 95% of people living with HIV of working age. HIV treatment in the UK is excellent, but not everyone living with HIV is doing well. The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year remains high and far too many people are diagnosed late. Services which help people living with HIV manage their condition are facing continued funding cuts.

We have come so far. We cannot stop now.

We are calling on the next Government to:

  1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV
  2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities*
  3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services*
  4. Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught to all young people in all schools*
  5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK*
  6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work
  7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV*

*The general election is electing MPs to the House of Commons, from across the UK. The House of Commons legislates for health and social care, and education, in England only. The devolved Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland legislate in these areas.

Take action now

It’s time to pile on the pressure; will your local candidates stand with people affected by HIV?

There are some easy ways you can help put HIV on the agenda in this election.

  1. Click here to write to your local candidates, asking them to support our manifesto
  2. You can Tweet the manifesto to spread the word about our demands – use the hashtag #HIVmanifesto. You can also take a photo of yourself holding our HIV pledge board.
  3. Take it offline: meet with your candidates face-to-face to discuss the points in the manifesto. Go to any local hustings events to do the same. Ask questions to see how committed they are to the HIV manifesto. Take a look at this toolkit with details and tips on what questions to ask.

Don’t forget to let us know how your local candidates responded. Email

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The iconic UK AIDS Quilt in memory of lives lost is going on display for first time in 20 years

For the first time in 20 years, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display to the public at St Paul’s Cathedral, and then at community venues across London, to commemorate the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic.

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

UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

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 UK quilt panels will be on display at the Cathedral on 23 November, ahead of the AIDS Quilt Trail which takes place across London on the weekend of 3 and 4 December, where people can see the quilts for free at a range of community venues.

Alongside George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, The Food Chain, and Sahir House, with support from Elton John AIDS Foundation and Gilead, we hope the exhibitions will help remember those lost, raise awareness of HIV to younger generations and help find a permanent home for the UK quilt to ensure its preservation.

The Quilts, on display to coincide with World AIDS Day, reminds us how far the UK has come in the fight against HIV.

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

To get involved on social media, use the hashtag #AIDSQuiltUK

UK AIDS Memorial Quilt

Artist Grayson Perry, who is supporting the AIDS quilt project said:

“Collectively, the quilts are part of the largest piece of community art in the world – which shows just how important they are to our social history, and how special this event is.

“Thousands of people died from AIDS here in the UK at the start of the epidemic, and displaying this quilt coming up to World AIDS Day is a way to remember them and to reflect on how far we have come since the 1980s in the fight against HIV, thanks to incredible medical advances.

“I’m delighted to support the fantastic work the coalition of charities is doing to preserve this intensely moving piece of art and encourage everyone to witness this important moment in history.”

Jay Rayner, restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster, added:

“The Aids epidemic and the appalling number of lives taken by it was all too often portrayed in the media as being about a faceless mass of unknown people.

“In truth, of course, it was an all too large patchwork of individual stories; of real people with names and lives, with loved ones and families and careers and talents never quite allowed to reach fruition. How better to represent that than through the Aids quilt, which gives individuality back to so many people who risked becoming mere statistics?

“It is both work of art and a vital social document, and I wholeheartedly give my support to the coalition of charities and it’s ceaseless work to make sure the quilt finds the home it so richly deserves.”

Proudly Undetectable and Challenging HIV Stigma

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

This year at Pride in London Positively UK will be marching under the theme of
Proudly Undetectable“.

The national HIV support charity have chosen this focus as public awareness of the modern face of HIV has failed to catch up with the rapid developments in HIV medication over recent years. “Many people are unaware of these advances, unaware of the fact that so many of us living with HIV now have levels of the virus that are so low they are considered ‘undetectable’ and that because of this we are unable to pass the virus on to others” says Jim Fielder of Positively UK. “Many of those who seek support from us after a recent diagnosis, not only feel better physically but feel so much better in themselves, mentally, when they become undetectable.

The charity believes raising awareness about undetectability and the effectiveness of modern HIV treatments has a huge role to play in reducing the fear of HIV, encouraging more people to get tested and reducing transmission rates.

Of course, there are some of us for a variety of reasons for whom it is difficult or impossible to reach an undetectable viral load. Scientists are continually working to better understand why this is the case. Positively UK will continue to challenge the fear and stigma that can affect all people living with HIV and continue to make that despite the excellent medications available, people still need support in managing HIV long-term.

Stop HIV Cuts

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Positively UK are proud to be a part of the #StopHIVCuts campaign!

Stop HIV Cuts is a national campaign which aims to convince local and national government of the importance of HIV support services, and the need to commission them effectively and fund them adequately.

We are joined by a group of HIV organisations, service providers and community groups committed to ensuring the needs of people with HIV across the UK are comprehensively met and that the best possible results are achieved for physical health, mental health and social inclusion. We all believe that it is essential that HIV support services remain in place and are properly funded.

Nowhere in the country should be without access to high quality HIV support services for those who need them. This campaign in not arguing in any local area for any particular contract or any particular provider. It is arguing for a set of services and the vitally important outcomes they have been demonstrated to achieve.


Public Heath England’s Positive Voices survey found that over a third of people with HIV accessed HIV support services over a 12 month period. With over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, HIV support services are needed now more than ever.

HIV support services, often provided by voluntary sector organisations, provide much needed care for people with HIV around, for example, coping with a new HIV diagnosis, stigma and disclosure, safer sex, adherence to HIV treatment, mental health, social isolation, and wider social needs. They prevent serious ill-health, onward HIV transmission and severe social care need, so saving public money in the long term. Funding HIV support services should not be at the expense of HIV prevention and HIV testing. HIV support, HIV prevention, HIV testing all need adequate funding if we are to respond effectively to this serious epidemic.

Yet 2015 saw the start of a worrying trend of local authorities across the country totally defunding HIV support services. In Oxfordshire, Bromley, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Slough, Bracknell Forest and Bexley, the local councils are set to scrap this essential provision. Other councils threaten to cut funding to the point where meaningful provision is impossible.

These funding cuts are short-sighted and ill-thought through as they will ultimately lead to extra pressures on health and social care as people with HIV fall into acute need and crisis, as well as significant costs to the NHS from an increase in onward HIV transmission.

We are calling on as many organisations and individuals as possible to get behind our campaign to Support People with HIV: Stop the Cuts.

Get Involved!

Join us in writing to your local council leader making the case for HIV support services and asking what the council’s plans are for these services.

Email your local council leader now

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 |


Application deadline: 25th September 2015

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