While there are a variety of support groups for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, there are no longer any solely for women.
Having a woman-only space to discuss difficult and triggering topics is critically importantespecially those who have had experiences of trauma and abuse. These Support Groups, led by evolved out of a clearly-defined need to offer women living with HIV/AIDS their own safe space to connect.
The Peer Support Groups reinforce that their lives matter and their well-being is important. The friendships that develop within the safety of the group meetings are often the only relationships they have with other HIV+ individuals. They provide an incredibly valuable source of support.
Together, with MAC AIDS Fund support, BC Women’s Hospital is able to actively engage women who are most at risk of falling through the cracks in the healthcare system. Women living with HIV in BC have access to free antiretroviral therapy, but through these Peer Support Groups, women get the necessary support to stay on track with their medication. This is a space where women can gather medical information, as well as helpful community resources –from social housing, to education, to food supports. The value is immeasurable.
We are deeply grateful to the MAC AIDS Fund for their contribution of $30,000 towards this program. the Peer Support Group Program. It’s a lifeline to a caring community and invaluable resources for women facing incredible life challenges.