What we've been up to this moth:

In February CHIVA held a peer meet up day for young people with HIV living in Wales and the South West of England.

The aim of the morning session was to get the young people thinking about their futures in a positive way, and to focus on their dreams and ambitions and how they can still achieve these, despite having HIV.

Dagmowi, the unaccompanied refugee child who CHIVA has recently been working with, joined the group. In the morning session he shared his dreams to visit London and become an engineer and to one day have children. After lunch the whole group went bowling, something that Dagmowi was particularly looking forward to as he had never been bowling before.

Another new member from Wales was a 13 year old girl who had never met anyone with HIV before outside of her immediate family.

These regional peer meet ups provide unique opportunities for young people to build a peer support network and enhance their understanding of their HIV, whilst having some time for fun and socialising as well

HIV affects so much more than physical health alone, and social and emotional support is critical to enable young people to live well and achieve.