Welcome to the Positive 21 website
Positive 21 is a progressive support group, created with the sole aim of providing emotional support and a confidential discussion and advice outlet to gay, bisexual and MSM men of all ages living with HIV/AIDS.
Positive21 is a peer support/self-help group, rather than a counselling group, the aim of which is to share and offer moral support, information and advice in a confidential and safe environment to people with HIV. The group embraces traditional support group procedures, whilst addressing the many issues and concerns faced in the 21st century.
Much has changed since HIV was discovered more than 30 years ago. Awareness of the virus has increased, along with great advancements in medical treatments. People with HIV now have a near normal life expectancy. Nevertheless, with the number of HIV people increasing every day, emotional support is one area that many people are less inclined to seek. This can be due to busy work lives, fear of confidentiality being breached, embarrassment, shame or other common reasons.
Positive 21 has been created and is led by Michael Avloitos, an experienced and qualified trainer and a peer support group facilitator; experience gained through his work as a co-training officer with The London Lighthouse in its early years, an environment that gave unconditional love and support to everyone and a place of sanctuary for many in their hour of need. Michael, therefore, brings a compassionate, structured approach to the group and his priority is to create a safe place within a relaxed and friendly environment that people feel confident in attending.
Since the establisment of Positive21 in 2012, the support services have been increasingly in demand. Positive 21 has recently introduced a new Outreach Monday peer support service and a 24 hour telephone outreach support service, which is available seven days a week to all registered users of Positive21 within the London area.
Future plans are to develop additional support services in other areas of the UK. These will be operated by trained, certified, qualified facilitators, observing the same strict professional standards found in the London group.
Positive 21 is an independent peer support group and bears no affiliation, to any other HIV support group.
Anyone wishing to support Positive21 and our work is very welcome to make a donation via the website by clicking on the donation button.
All donations are very gratefully appreciated, and will assist in future services that Positive21 can offer.