Programs and Services
Straight Arrows Services
Social isolation is a concern for many women and heterosexual men living with HIV. Our events are a great way to meet other women and heterosexual men in a safe and welcoming environment.
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We run an annual Adult Retreat for people living with HIV and their partners. This weekend retreat offers a relaxed environment in which to meet other women and heterosexual men living with HIV. Every year we go to a different location throughout Victoria; from the seaside to the mountains. We combine fun, interesting activities with some pampering massages and yoga. We also hold facilitated workshops, creating a safe environment in which you can explore issues that arise for you as a person living with HIV, with a focus on HIV health and wellbeing. Our peer support staff are on hand if you would like to talk with them.
Past participants consistently say that they value the opportunity to meet others in a safe, relaxing environment in which they can talk openly about the challenges and triumphs that have come with living with HIV. It is wonderful sharing experience with people learning from each other and developing friendships.
Cook ‘n’ Chat
If you enjoy food you’ll want to check out our monthly catch up for heterosexual men living with HIV over food and great conversation. On the third Wednesday of the month, men are invited to help prepare a delicious meal in the Positive Living Centre kitchen then kick back and enjoy the food in the fine company of others who share the experience of living with HIV.
Phoenix for Women
Do you want to learn more about living well with HIV? Do you want to connect with other women?
Phoenix for women is a workshop for recently diagnosed women or women who are ready to lean more. This workshop, led by other women living with HIV, covers treatments, disclosure, dating and relationships, HIV prevention for partners, sexual health, living well with HIV, available services and much more. You will have the chance to meet with experts in the field including HIV specialists, a sexual health nurse and a counsellor. It is a great way to connect with other women and to get informed. Phoenix for women is designed specifically to meet the needs of women living with HIV.
We run a range of social events for our members throughout the year including dinners, outings, family friendly member’s days and our very popular Christmas party. It’s a great way to meet other heterosexual men and women living with HIV, and to connect in a safe, supportive environment.