The focus of Life+ is to support early initiation of treatment, encourage adherence to treatment and support PLHIV to remain in care.
Life+ aims to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment initiation thereby preventing HIV disease progression and reducing the possibility of onward transmission. We work with PLHIV to address barriers to treatment initiation, adherence and retention in care and support PLHIV to build the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively self-manage HIV.
Life+ aspires to improve HIV health literacy, address individual presentations of stigma and discrimination improve the overall quality of life for PLHIV.
Life+ is comprised of 4 complementary pillars that provide integrated and complementary services for PLHIV.
Treatment and Support Services: a holistic approach to support PLHIV to address barriers such as homelessness, mental health and other issues that might impact their management of HIV.
Information and Resources: quality, evidenced based health information and resources for PLHIV that promotes health and well-being.
Stigma and Discrimination Services: for PLHIV who experience prejudice or shame, or other HIV-related legal difficulties affecting their quality of life.
Peer Navigation: early intervention program to support those newly diagnosed with HIV and those re-engaging with care to navigate the complex environment of HIV care and treatment. Peer Navigators are people living with HIV and are located across Queensland.