Talking with someone who is HIV+ can reduce the stress and anxiety of being told you are HIV positive
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HIV+ Peer Navigation

Talking with someone who is HIV+ can reduce the stress and anxiety of being told you are HIV positive.
Peer Navigators give you someone to turn to who has already 'been there'.

Tested HIV Positive?

Connect with you local Body Positive Peer Navigator

As a community based organisation supporting people living with HIV (PLHIV), Body Positive is uniquely placed to support an individual following a positive HIV diagnosis.

No one understands the reality of HIV better than someone who lives with it every day. Peer Navigators - specially trained members of the community who are living with HIV - support others who are learning to cope with the daily challenges of living with HIV.

We understand HIV and the misinformation and stigma that exists, so rest assured if you reach out to a Peer Navigator, it will be a uniquely safe and confidential space.
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What a Peer Navigator does

Working in partnership with your healthcare team, Peer Navigators share their experience of being diagnosed, considering treatment and living with HIV.

They help people navigate the sometimes intimidating world of HIV treatment and services, by providing a range of support activities that include:
  • Explaining the basics of HIV/AIDS and self-care to the newly diagnosed
  • Connecting people with needed services and support
  • Assisting with appointment reminders
  • Accompanying clients to appointments
  • Acting as a liaison between clients and their care providers

Discussions with a Peer Navigator can include:

  • default_titleUnderstanding how HIV is considered an episodic, manageable illness
  • default_titleHow HIV is transmitted and how to minimise ongoing transmission
  • default_titleTreatment information, including how HIV affects the body and the benefits of treatment uptake to prevent disease progression and transmission
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  • default_titleDisclosure: when to tell others about your HIV status, including your legal rights and responsibilities
  • default_titleManaging your health, including the value of nutrition and exercise to prevent disease progression and the value and cautions of complementary and alternative therapies
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Connect with your local Peer Navigator

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We are currently developing a network of HIV+ Peer Navigators across New Zealand. At present we have trained Peer Navigators in:
  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
To connect with a Peer Navigator in your local area:
Email:
Phone: 0800 HIV LINE (448 5463)
To connect with a Peer Navigator in your local area:
Email:
Phone:
0800 HIV LINE (448 5463)
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