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Peer Navigators: One on One Support

Our Peer Navigators provide one on one support, connecting people living with HIV with a member of our Peer Navigator team which is made up of people living with HIV. They are there to support you in your journey with HIV, help you achieve your goals and reach full health and emotional wellbeing.

Our Peer Navigators can support you as you navigate your HIV journey, whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with HIV for some time. They offer a knowledgeable, supportive environment in which you can explore your concerns and fears about living with HIV. They can also connect you to other programs, help you with referrals to other services and provide information on many aspects of living with HIV.

Our Peer Navigators can arrange to meet you in our centrally located offices or they can come to you, meet you at a health clinic, hospital or other safe environment. You can also connect with our team by phone or Skype if that suits you better, particularly if you are located in a rural area.

We also provide support for families and partners. We understand that it is important that everyone surrounding the person living with HIV has support. Because of the stigma that surrounds HIV many family members and partners can feel silenced and unable to access support for themselves. We offer a safe space for couples to explore issues raised by HIV such as disclosure, HIV prevention for partners and accessing treatments.

Our staff are bound by our Privacy Policy and take your privacy and confidentiality seriously. You can read our Privacy Policy here.

For more information email info@livingpositivevictoria.org.au or call 03 9863 8733.

Meet our Peer Navigators

They can provide one on one support for you on your journey with HIV, and help you achieve your goals and reach full health and emotional wellbeing.

Aashvin, Anth or Sarah can support you as you navigate your HIV journey, whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with HIV for some time. They offer a knowledgeable, supportive environment in which you can explore your concerns and fears about living with HIV. They can also connect you to other programs, help you with referrals to other services and provide information on many aspects of living with HIV.

Ask your doctor or health care worker about how to set a time to chat with either Aashvin, Anth or Sarah.

 

Hi, I am Aashvin and I was diagnosed with HIV in my early 20s.

Since then I have been engaged with the HIV community so that I can share my experience with others. I have had to navigate many challenges along the way, from immigration processes as well as dealing with the effects of internalised and externalised stigma as a gay man. But hey, I’m still standing.
I am here for you when you are ready to have a chat with someone who has survived HIV and is thriving in both physical and mental health.

 

Hi I’m Anth and I’m a heterosexual man living with HIV.


I’ve been positive for a long time but I’m happy and healthy and I expect to live until I’m old.
For many lonely years I kept my status secret until one day, I decided to start telling my close friends and family. They loved and supported me despite my HIV diagnosis. Over time, I began to accept myself and stop caring what others thought of me.
I’m married with two kids. My partner knew my HIV status before she became my girlfriend and she still got involved with me. Thanks to medical treatment and care, we knew we could safely have a family without passing HIV on.

 

Hi my name is Sarah and I’m a queer woman who has been living with HIV since 2008.


My HIV journey has been a rocky one, especially for the first five years of my diagnosis. It took me a long time to accept HIV into my life and find my sexuality and sense of self again. I had issues with drug use and mental health problems. I was socially isolated and really felt so low. Now I am happy and healthy, married to a wonderful man and am looking forward to the future.
Throughout my own journey, I’ve had first-hand experience of the power of peer support. It saved my life. I owe a lot to my community and feel so passionate about sharing my experience with others who are on a similar journey.