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Since 1995, Positive Action has provided practical and emotional support to individuals and their families affected by HIV across Surrey and Hampshire. Positive Action provides information, advice and education, and is developing a network of peer support to: - Enable people living with HIV to make healthy, positive choices and live the life they choose - Reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with this long-term condition - Reduce the isolation some people feel living with HIV - Ensure the voices of people living with HIV are heard
The support groups will be a valuable source of information, help and advice for people affected by HIV and their families. Research has shown that HIV support groups encourage disclosure, reduce stigma and discrimination, improve self-esteem, enhance coping skills and improve emotional well being. They will also improve awareness and understanding of the condition in their local communities.