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Аpril  2020
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HOW TO SURVIVE A PANDEMIC, SECOND TIME AROUND
 
On 11th March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic.  As the world is now reaching 1,000,000 infections many of us who have lived with HIV for a long time may have a strong sense of Deja Vue, and some may even experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as the current events could be triggering old trauma. 

The fear of contagions, the groundlessness of uncertainty, facing our vulnerability to sickness and death, fearing to lose our loved ones, as people with HIV we have all been intimate with those difficult  emotions. We have lived through 34 million people dying of AIDS in the past 30 years. Over 700,000 have died, just in the past year because of lack of access to ARVs. These numbers are likely to be going up as COVID-19 has the potential of creating havoc on health systems around the world. 
 
However, as people with HIV, we also know that one of the greatest tools we have in the face of a pandemic is each other. We have learnt that when we organise as a community, when we create support networks, when we engage with decision makers and science, we can change the course of history, and halt a disease.  We know this because this is what we have done in the past three decades to change HIV from a deadly virus to a condition we can live with, if we have access to care, treatment and support.  Last night a woman at our first Zoom Virtual Group said: “As a person with HIV I feel lucky because right now I have real hope. I know, things can look dreadful and desperate. But we have done this before. I remember how we used to feel back in the days, how scared and full of fear we were. But we came through it, and I know we can do this again.” 
 
Here at Positively UK we are all committed to continue nurture our sense of community and opportunities to connect with each other. It is not always easy to feel hopeful, but it always helps to talk, to be heard, to listen, to know that we are not  in this on our own. I hope that in the coming weeks you will take advantage of our online groups and get in touch with our team, for a chat, to get information, or if you need any support. We are here. 

                                                                         Silvia Petretti, CEO
 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV 2020: NEW DATE

The National Conference of People Living with HIV, which was set to take place in May, has been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. The new date is 10th October. E-mail info@positivelyuk.org if you have registered but cannot attend on the new date.

JOIN OUR TEAM: DEADLINE EXTENSION  

Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic and the recommendations to implement social distancing, we have made the decision to put off interviews for our new roles and extend the application process window. The deadline has been now extended to Monday 20th April. Find more information about each role here


CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER PEER SUPPORT COORDINATOR 
Three-year fixed contract, £25,000 pa, full-time, 35 hours per week. 


YOUTH WORKER
Two and a half year fixed contract, £23,000 pa, full-time, 35 hours per week


WOMEN AND AGEING TRAINING AND ADVOCACY COORDINATOR
Three-year fixed contract, £30,000 pro-rata, 17 hours per week (two and a half days)

ONLINE SOCIALS FOR EVERYONE LIVING WITH HIV

Though we may be in enforced isolation right now, that doesn’t mean we have to forsake getting together and supporting each other! On 9th April Julie, Joyce and Helen will co-host an online social for all people who are living with HIV.  We have planned a second social open to all people on 23rd April. E-mail Julie for joining instructions - jwillis@positivelyuk.org
GAY MEN'S WELLBEING

Following the successful pilot of our first online social, Chris is organising a series of get-togethers in April - Gay Social (18th April), Yoga Nidra and Pub Social quiz (tbc). He is available for an online one-to-one catch up, so drop him an e-mail - cohanlon@positivelyuk.org
 
WOMEN'S ROOM
April is off to a good start with Neo and Helen's plans for online catch-ups and thematic socials for women living with HIV. They have scheduled a dance session followed up by a mindfulness practice with Mel (tbc) for 15th and emotional wellbeing support session for 29th April, with more to come! To join these socials, the WhatsApp or Facebook group, or if you would like to access peer support, get in touch with Neo or Helen - nmoepi@positivelyuk.org or hrogers@positivelyuk.org
POZ FUTURES 

Are you a young person living with HIV? Our youth team is available to provide a lending ear and guide young people to trustful resources and medical information in relation to HIV and, these days, Covid-19.

We would like to hear how we can support you. Help us plan our next Poz Futures activities by filling in a short confidential survey.
FILL IN THE SURVEY
The pilot online social for young people will take place during the week commencing 6th April. Register your interest by emailing youth@positivelyuk.org

CATWALK4POWER TOOLKIT SOON TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Catwalk4Power toolkit - a creative guide for women with HIV and their allies - is going to be available on our website later in April. The toolkit will take you through a series of ‘Struts’ - sassy steps that you can use to create your very own empowering catwalk event. 
COVID-19 RELATED INFOMRATION
WHO video - How to protect yourself from COVID-19 

BHIVA - COVID-19 & HIV responses to common question

NAT - Looped in

European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) and British HIV Association (BHIVA) Joint statement on risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for people living with HIV

CROI 2020: Special session on COVID-19

Positively UK - COVID-19 & HIV

NHS UK - Tips to help
UPCOMING EVENTS

9th April - Online social for everyone living with HIV

w/c 6th April - Online social for young people

15th April - Afrobeats with Neo followed by mindfulness practice with Mel (tbc

18th April - Gay Social online

23rd April - Online social for everyone living with HIV

29th April - Women's Room online catch-up
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