Positive Life supports and promotes positive living for people with and affected by HIV in Northern Ireland. HIV is a virus which damages the human immune system and increases risk of opportunistic infections and certain cancers.
Northern Ireland has the fastest growing rates of HIV diagnoses in the UK with an increase of some 20% annually
Positive Life has been making a difference to the quality of people’s lives for over 25 years, beginning life as the AIDS Telephone Helpline in 1986 and now as a city centre facility offering a range of services and supports expanded across Northern Ireland. As the needs of clients diversify and the social and medical environment changes in Northern Ireland, the organisational continues to respond to these challenges and the changing face of HIV.
Our vision is to de-stigmatise HIV ensuring those affected live healthy lives and are treated with respect and dignity. Positive Life aims to provide services, advice, signposting and support to people living with and affected by HIV; to prevent the increase in HIV infection through training, education and raising awareness; to campaign and lobby to affect positive change for people living with and affected by HIV. Positive Life provides a range of support services including a freephone sexual health helpline, one-to-one and group support sessions, advocacy, complementary therapies, counselling, newly diagnosed information sessions, information and education workshops.