Positive Futures Course
Week 1: Just diagnosed. What now?:
What does it all mean? Is it the end of the world?
The clinic and my consultant. CD4’s and Viral Load. What does it mean?
Am I going to get ill?
How can I stay healthy?
Week 2: Disclosure (telling others about your HIV status) & talking about my HIV:
Who shall I tell? Do I have to tell?
What support is there for me, in my local area and online?
Talking to my doctor. What should I be asking? What should they be telling me?
Week 3: Partners, Sex and having a baby:
Will I pass on HIV to my partner?
One of us is HIV+, one is not. How do we manage?
Safer sex and unprotected sex. What should I know?
I have a new partner. What will I say?
Is passing on HIV against the law?
Week 4: Medication and treatment. What to expect:
How long will my treatment last for?
What are my medication options?
What about side effects?
Sticking to my medication (adherence). How can I do this?
Medication changes and medication holidays/breaks.
Travelling abroad with medication. What should I do?
Week 5: Your Rights and Dealing with difficulties:
Your rights at work and in services. Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act.
Dealing with your emotions.
Dealing with stigma and ignorance.
Week 6: On your way. Are you ready?:
Revisiting our previous sessions.
Staying in control and managing your health condition.
What if I have a wobble? How will I cope?
Goodbyes and staying in touch.
Additional benefits of attending include:
Peer support from others in similar situations.
Access to or referral to counselling or other services.
Access to an appointment buddy (Dudley, Sandwell clients only) to attend a maximum of two HIV clinic appointments.
Contact us for more information or to book a place on our next Positive Futures programme