Positive Prevention

The aim of the Positive Prevention program is to empower people living with HIV or AIDS, promote healthy relationships with sexual partners, strengthen the overall health and well-being of HIV + individuals, and reduce the possibility of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

The program addresses the various health needs of HIV positive individuals, such as disclosure, self-esteem, negotiating and practicing safer sex, nutrition, medication adherence and transmission risks. The program also aims to provide support and resources on common issues and concerns that can affect people living with HIV & AIDS.

In recognition of the link between homophobia and negative health outcomes, including risk of HIV infection, HIV / AIDS Resources & Community Health's Positive Prevention program now also aims to reduce stigma and homophobia, improve community awareness and create a more supportive community for at-risk groups.

Current Activities & Projects

The Positive Prevention program is based on the principles of GIPA (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV & AIDS) and MIPA (More Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV & AIDS). If you are a person living with HIV or AIDS, we encourage you to get involved in the Positive Prevention program, by participating in activities and/or providing feedback about the program. You may also wish to participate in Social Hour, Massage Therapy, and Movie Night, which are led through our Support program.

If you are interested in facilitating or planning a workshop, but are concerned that you might not have the skills, remember that the Positive Prevention Coordinator will help support you in this process, providing training, supervision and debriefing. In past experiences, peers have also been very supportive of one another, and workshops and social media experiences often lead to mutual learning and enhanced confidence.

Our program aims to enhance the ability of people living with HIV or AIDS to have fulfilling emotional and sexual relationships and to live well with HIV. An important part of this process is thinking holistically about health, including emotional, social, and mental well-being, in addition to physical health. It is our hope that skills-development, community engagement, and peer interaction/support will aid in these goals.

Some specific benefits of the program may include:

Greater involvement with your community, including peers as well as the broader community

Increased support among peers and workers, especially support in your skills development

  • Improved confidence, especially as you learn and are able to do things you may have not thought possible!
  • Healthier boundaries
  • Increased understanding of HIV, AIDS, STIs, and Hepatitis C transmission
  • Improved skills in disclosure, negotiating safer sex practices, and familiarity with the law
  • Improved communication skills in relationships
  • Social networks
  • Knowledge about how to live well with HIV

If you are looking for ways to improve your health, come check out our Resource Library. We have cookbooks and resources on safer sex, disclosure, setting boundaries, mental health, and anxiety.

If you would like more information on the Positive Prevention program, please call: (519) 763-2255 ext. 130 or e-mail posprevention [at] archguelph.ca