A peer support group for people in the Waikato living with HIV has been established with the first of its monthly gatherings in Hamilton attracting a dozen people. "There has been a growing need for a group like this for some time," says Bruce Kilmister of Body Positive which has facilitated the group. "Despite having some very good clinicians, medics and nurses in the Waikato, people there do feel that they are a bit isolated from the main centres of HIV support." Kilmister says the monthly meetings will include a complimentary light meal and, if the first meeting is any indication, subjects discussed will include practical aspects of living with HIV such as problems dealing with WINZ and easier access to medical services. People living with HIV in the Waikato who would like to join in with the group can phone 0800 HIV LINE for details. Most people living with HIV in New Zealand are gay or bisexual men.
First published: Monday, 13th May 2013 - 11:22pm
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