Peer Navigator Services
Living with HIV has changed. With modern treatment and support, HIV positive people can live a healthy and active life. Learning how does not have to be overwhelming and no one has to do it alone.
The POSITIVE LIVING BC Peer Navigator Services can provide the most current HIV information, answer questions and show how other people deal with HIV.
Peer Navigators are trained and educated on the health issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, STIs, self care, disease progression and safer sex. Through a series of supportive discussions, they use everyday language instead of jargon or medical terminology to make topics easier to understand.
Their role is to support you in gaining knowledge and developing HIV self-management strategies, providing you with the important information you will need to achieve your goals while living with HIV.
Talking with someone who is HIV+, like yourself, can reduce the stress and anxiety. Having good mental health and social supports are important to keep your HIV in check, improve your emotional health in areas of self-esteem, depression, shame and stigma, battling isolation and building support networks.
If you’ve been HIV+ for a while and want to address some of your health concerns, Peer Navigators can also help you starting or changing medications, dealing with aging while being HIV+, maximizing your quality of life or helping you connect to appropriate services.
In addition, POSITIVE LIVING BC's health promotion resources are some of the most trusted, respected and widely-used resources in the HIV community and can help you learn more about living with HIV.
We can also help if you need to find an HIV Physician to assist you in your own community who is knowledegable in HIV.
For more information please contact our Peer Navigators:
You can also check out our Resource Centre at the Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) at St. Paul's Hospital (Comox Building, 5th floor) where our Peer Navigators are available on site to help you with information and support.