PRIDE MONTH SCHEDULE
Positively Negative provides an opportunity for participants to focus on a specific issue that all members have in common, strategize ways to cope with feelings and manage new situations, and work with life issues only in relation to the focus of the group. Many of the feelings a person has about testing HIV-negative are influenced by the context HIV has in each person’s life. Persons testing negative may experience profound relief, a feeling of immunity to HIV, a confirmation of the need to practice safer behavior, survivor’s guilt, renewed reactions to multiple loss and serial grieving, the difficulty of being part of a mixed status couple, or confused about relationships with significant people in their life who are infected with HIV or diagnosed with AIDS.
Connections with oneself—include having time to look at feelings generated by one’s HIV - negative status. Connections with others—-include the difficult decisions about negotiating safer behaviors, dating, building supportive networks and disclosure of one’s HIV negative status to partners, friends, family members, and colleagues. Connections with systems—-include all the community and social service agencies available to the individual. Developing a stronger sense of self can help you to advocate for programs that meet your needs as an HIV-negative person.
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