Peer education and social support are a key component of Australia’s community response to HIV since the early 80s. A vital component of these are the peer social support programs run by and for people living with HIV. These have developed and evolved over the years, adapting and changing as our needs change.
- [+Connect] and [+Connect]OutWest – an inclusive social event for all people living with HIV, our partners, families and friends to get together. This is usually a face-to-face evening function held four times a year. When we hold [+Connect] in Western Sydney at Liverpool in partnership with South Western Sydney Local Health District, it is held at lunchtime twice a year.
- Peer2Peer – a support and discussion group for all gay and bisexual men living with HIV. This is usually a face-to-face evening function over a meal six times a year.
- The Social Club – a support and discussion group for heterosexual people living with HIV usually held each month over a meal online or face-to-face at an undisclosed venue.
- Peers Connect Online! – a virtual support and discussion group via Zoom for all people living with HIV, regardless of gender and sexuality. People living with HIV from rural and regional settings are especially welcome!
- Combined Events – At least twice a year Peer2Peer and the Social Club will become a combined event over a meal or a discussion group. This is a usually a face-to-face evening function.
- a[STARTx] – a weekend workshop for gay men living with HIV. This program is a partnership between Positive Life and ACON.