HIVPositive 21 is a new peer support group launched by gay men’s health charity GMFA for gay and bisexual men living with HIV.

Despite great advances in the treatment of HIV over the last 15 years, allowing many of those affected by the virus to live long, symptom-free lives, the organization is aware that other problems remain, such as the stigmatisation of HIV, from within the gay community as well as from outside of it.

Those with the virus often experience difficulties in disclosing status to sexual partners. On-going health concerns also mean that many gay and bisexual men living with HIV still find that they need emotional support, and many have reported experiencing loneliness and find it difficult to seek the support they need from friends, family or work colleagues.

Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, says: “The medical outlook for people living with HIV has changed considerably, and for the better, in the last few years, but for many, the emotional challenges remain. GMFA are committed to creating welcoming meeting spaces for a range of social and support groups and I am proud that one of the first groups that we host will provide much needed support for gay and bisexual men living with HIV.”

Positive 21 will meet every Monday evening at GMFA’s offices near Old Street. It aims to provide support in a relaxed and friendly environment, helping its members address the issues faced by those living with the virus in the 21st Century.

If you feel you could benefit from the group, visit www.positive21.org.uk for more information.

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