What we’ll talk about together
The HIV Peer Navigation program is based on providing both information and emotional support if needed. The information component includes 3 ‘core modules’ and 8 ‘elective modules’ aimed at increasing your understanding of HIV and related issues. The delivery of these education modules occur over 4 to 5 sessions.
The core module topics are:
i. The Virus – What you need to know: more information about HIV including HIV transmission, replication, progression and the typical clinical markers (CD4, Viral Load, and other health markers)
ii. HIV Treatment – It’s your choice: understanding the benefits and potential consequences of HIV treatments; and what it means to use HIV ‘Treatment-as- Prevention’ to achieve an ‘undetectable viral load’.
iii. Navigating The Health System – You’re in control: understanding the importance of selecting a treating team that you feel comfortable with, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, support workers and peer workers.
The other module topics are:
i. Disclosure – Talking about your status: tips on how to tell those you care about that you have been diagnosed HIV positive.
ii. Legal Rights & Responsibilities – Legal protections & other matters: some situations where the law requires you to disclose your HIV status; and the privacy of your HIV status.
iii. Mental Health – Maintaining control & resilience: understanding that you are not alone, your feelings are normal, you can build resilience and reach out for help. Also, leaving anxiety & depression untreated can affect your health and well-being.
iv. STI’s & HIV – The double whammy: understanding other sexually transmitted infections.
v. Medicare Ineligible – Navigating access when you don’t have Medicare: your options to access treatment in Australia.
vi. Alcohol, Drugs, & The Virus – Finding the right balance: understanding how alcohol and drugs can affect your HIV, and the extra precaution.
vii. Healthy Lifestyle – Taking control of your health & well-being: understanding that your health is more than the HIV, and taking care of your whole health.
viii. Resilience & Stigma – The ability to bounce back in the face of adversity: understanding yourself and building on your inner strength.