by Scott S., Jacksonville, FL
HIV Support groups are an excellent venue for people with HIV to meet with others with the virus. There are HIV support groups in most middle to large size cities in the United States. While all people in the support groups have HIV, the type of groups can be also based on: race, gender, sexual orientation and length of positivity.
Support groups allow HIV+ people to talk about their needs, fears, problems while fostering a sense of community and caring. Most have a closed door policy meaning what is said in a support group does not leave the group. This allows people to talk freely without fear of outside reprisal.
Positive Attitudes is a support group in the Jacksonville,
Fl area that offers love, hope, companionship, and steady encouragement for those living with HIV/AIDS. The group extends unconditional love, support, and friendship.
The forerunner of Positive Attitudes has been in existence for sixteen years. Frieda Saraga (Frieda is also one of Dab's Angels... please check out her bio) and Judy Higgison have been co-facilitators of the group since 1991.
Frieda is well known in the HIV/AIDS community for her endless hours of volunteer work in education and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. In 1997, Frieda was honored by the Duval County Health Department for her work in the HIV/AIDS community. Currently she works for Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida as Director of Health Education.
Judy is a Hospice volunteer and a Stephen Minister. In 1997 she was recipient of one of the Gay Pride awards for her work in the HIV/AIDS community. She has also been a recipient of the Twelve who Cares Award. Her tireless commitment to the HIV/AIDS community through Positive Attitudes has enriched her life as well as the lives of many others.
Positive Attitudes encourages those facing the challenges of HIV/AIDS and supplements traditional health care with attitudinal healing. Positive Attitudes allows people to connect with others facing similar life situations to learn that no one is alone. In an atmosphere of unconditional support and caring, each person is given the opportunity to learn from and help others. "As we help others, we help ourselves".
Positive Attitudes meets each Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Every third Tuesday, a pot-luck social is held and group members are encouraged to bring a guest. All meetings are confidential. Call us today : (904) 348-8664 or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacksonville also has several other support groups in our area. For more info, CLICK on our DUVAL COUNTY HIV SURVIVAL GUIDE. THEN CLICK HIV SUPPORT GROUP FOR A LISTING OF ALL THE GROUPS IN JACKSONVILLE, FL.
For those outside of Jacksonville, either the Dept. of Health in your area or if you have an Aids Service Organization, they should be able to provide you with a list of support groups in your area.
If there are no support groups in your area, there are several online web support groups.
Support groups maintain interpersonal contact among their members in a variety of ways. Most groups have traditionally met in person in group sizes that allowed conversational interaction. Support groups also maintain contact through printed newsletters, telephone chains, internet forums, and mailing lists. Some support groups are exclusively online.