UPDATE: This group is now open to membership outside the NYC area! Due to COVID-19, our New York City in-person meetings have turned into online Zoom meetings. Support meetings are geared towards the newly diagnosed (infected 10 years or less) and for all who identify as 'men who love men’. This is an English speaking group and you must be HIV positive.
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:
-Stigma -Depression and anxiety -Medical care -Understanding test results -Medication and adherence -Dating and relationships -Isolation -Sex and intimacy -Disclosing your status to others -Work or State Benefits
Having HIV can make us feel isolated. Add to that COVID-19 quarantining and limited social interaction. Now it seems more important than ever to connect. This group is 8 years strong and has over 780 members. We've built a wonderful HIV+ community — meet others for a virtual chat :-)
We're a great group of quality guys who have 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 discussed. Read the reviews and see what new members had to say.
Join us via Zoom for a casual, optimistic, and non-threatening support experience where we can safely and discreetly talk about our challenges and accomplishments. This is a “closed group” which means membership must be approved by the Administrator and the list of members can only be seen by fellow members. Once accepted, you will be notified of the next meeting. See “Meetups”>"Upcoming" for the exact date. RSVP as a "yes" to secure a spot.
Unfortunately, stigma is often an issue for us living with HIV. If you would like to join anonymously on Meetup, 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).
This Meetup group is made private so that only members can see your profile photo. If you feel comfortable posting your face photo, then your photo must contain only 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).
This peer support group is facilitated by a fun-loving guy who's been HIV positive for over 24 years. He's not a licensed therapist and this group is run independently from any organization.
As a member, you'll be able to access the "Discussions" tab (located in the top toolbar) 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 email@example.com .
There is no age discrimination - membership is determined by the number of years being infected. Generally speaking, the age range of this support group is early 20's to 50's. Luckily we're living in the year 2020 and resource options are made available in New York City. You shouldn't have to deal with the challenges of HIV alone.