“We believe that HIV can be a managed illness. No one is more qualified to help than people who are triumphing over similar circumstances. You see, just as we give support, we find support. If we can share our hopes and fears, we can manage our lives in ways we never thought possible.”
The Peer Support Program staff at AIDS Project Worcester, Inc. are people who are also living with HIV. The Peer Program offers assistance to people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS as they deal with the effects of the virus on their lives, as well as information regarding medication regiments and side effects. The Peer Support Program offers information, referrals, education, and emotional support to people who may not want or need traditional help, or who may want to utilize the program to complement case management or other services. Sometimes just being able to talk to someone else who is HIV positive can make all the difference.
The Peer Program staff will help clarify service options for consumers including self advocacy. The goal of the Peer Program is to empower consumers and others affected through education, emotional support, and assistance with finding information. It is our belief that individuals who actively participate in their own care experience have an enhanced quality of life.
Services provided may include:
- One-on-one information/support sessions
- Referral and follow-up
- Outreach to the newly diagnosed
- Educational seminars
- Medication information/adherence
- Panel discussions
- Activity groups
- Support groups
- Other services
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Peer Support Program, clients should speak to their lead contact.