We have closed the Body Positive Office in Auckland and cancelled in person support as well as all public social events - all staff are now working from home. Support for people living with HIV is still being provided through phone and email during this time - Contact Us
. Social Media:
We have a private Facebook group that allows people to connect with other people living with HIV around NZ. As this is a private group, no details of the group or anything you post or discuss within the group will be visible in any way to other Facebook friends you have outside the group - only those in the group will know who you are. It is a great way to beat the isolation and stay in contact with others as well as possible make some new friends. Access to the group is via invite only to maintain confidentiality - Email Body Positive
with your Facebook profile name or message us via our Facebook Page
to receive an invite to the group.Weekly Video Chat Group:
So that people can still socialise 'face-to-face' during the lockdown, we are also starting a private video support group through Zoom
. Zoom is a free group video calling service that is secure and private - there is nothing to download and install, you just access the weekly chats with a link sent by Body Positive. The video chat group will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:30-11:30am
, and members can join or exit the chat any time during this hour. Access again is via invite only to maintain confidentiality - please email Body Positive
to obtain the access link and connection details.One-to-One Support:
Body Positive will still be providing one-to-one support for people living with HIV through phone (0800 HIV LINE), email
. Please continue to get in touch if you need anything during the lockdown and we will try our best to help where we can.
Stay safe and minimise any exposure - If you develop symptoms call the Healthline (0800 358 5453) straight away for guidance. These are tough times and its important to focus on your mental health and reach out for support if you need it. We are stronger together and for the moment this will need to be virtual.Be supportive, Be careful, Be alert, Be kind.
Ensure that you keep up with your HIV medications to stay healthy.
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