What we're about
Are you HIV Positive and looking for advice and support?
HIV isn't WHO we are, it's just something we have. It's become the new-norm to live a long and healthy life while being HIV positive. Although, HIV is considered a manageable condition, there are still challenges that we must face and there's no reason we have to do this on our own. Meet others coping with issues of:
-Depression and anxiety
-Understanding test results
-Medication and adherence
-Dating and relationships
-Sex and intimacy
-Disclosing your status to others
-Work or State Benefits
Join us for in-person casual, optimistic, and non-threatening meetups where we can safely and discreetly discuss challenges and accomplishments of living with HIV. This peer support group is a facilitated by a fun-loving guy who's been poz for over 22 years. He is not a licensed therapist and this group is run independently from any organization.
We're a great group of quality guys who are a wealth of information and know what it's like to live healthy with HIV. The vibe is inspirational and informative. No pressure, non-awkward, and there are no judgments of what is talked about. Read the reviews and see what new members had to say.
This is a "closed group" for all who identify as ‘men who love men’ and are HIV positive. As well as living in the New York City area.
Meetings are held once a month - on a weeknight from 7:15-9pm. See "Meetups">"Upcoming" for the exact date. RSVP as a "yes" and be sure to note the room # (not always the same for each meeting). A $10 donation is requested to help cover the cost of the Meetup group fees and room rental. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The important thing is that you attend!
Unfortunately, stigma is often an issue for us living with HIV. If you would like to join anonymously, simply create another (anonymous) meetup profile (from another email address). OR, if you have an existing profile on Meetup.com, you can click on the link "Hide my list of Meetups on my profile" (located under your profile photo) - double check your other groups to be sure this also checked off for each group).
There are already several online HIV+ communities where you can meet someone for a virtual chat; but, the focus of this Meetup group is to actually meet in person and talk face-to-face. Many members join to connect and meet other guys living with HIV in NYC. So I ask that you please attend at least one support group meeting to personally meet the organizer and maintain your membership status.
This Meetup group is made private so that only members can see your profile photo. Membership is screened for approval. If you feel comfortable posting your face photo then your photo must only contain one person, you. lol. This could be a good way to connect with other guys for potential: friends, dates, or work connections. Note: This isn't a hookup site, so keep it clean (no shirtless torso pics please).
As a member, you'll be able to access the "Discussions" tab (located in the top tool bar) for useful links to articles and resources on the topic of HIV.
Looking to meet other HIV positive guys?
- There's a social group for HIV+ guys in NYC called Impac+NYC. Find them- https://www.facebook.com/impacnyc/ and you can get on their newsletter which list HIV+ socials by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- For a broader area of NY, DC, Philly there's this other facebook group https://www.facebook.com/pozusa/
- Connect with HIV positive guys online:
- Audio podcasts on HIV topics: http://blogtalkradio.com/poziam
- Fun blog with a list of related links: http://marksking.com/links/
- Other excellent resources for HIV+ people:
hivplusmag.com (http://hivplusmag.com/) (http://www.hivplusmag.com)
Generally, the age range of this support group is early 20's to early 50's and is geared towards the newly diagnosed (infected 10 years or less). There is no age discrimination - membership is determined by the number of years being infected. Luckily we're living in the year 2018 and resource options are made available in New York City. You shouldn't have to deal with the challenges of HIV alone.
For men diagnosed with HIV prior to ART (circa 1996):
- The LGBTQ Center- Center’s Positive Lifestyle Program
- GMHC- Long Term Survivors resources and services (http://www.gmhc.org/gmhc-services/get-connected/long-term-survivors-4)