What we've been up to this month:

On a Saturday in June we held a peer group meet up in Bristol for local younger children living with HIV. It’s part of our support which includes working more closely with clinics and families to support children living with HIV. We often get involved when a child has just been told they have HIV.

This can be a really important time to provide additional support to what the clinic team can offer. Children can have a lot of questions. It’s a lot to take in and it can be hard to understand all the medical information about HIV, medicines, understanding transmission. Also children who are told when they are older will often question why they didn’t know before, and who they can talk to about this.

Our peer group meet ups provide a space which is safe to talk about HIV with other children of a similar age. There's a workshop where some aspects of HIV are explored and social time to have some fun and get to know others in the group.

When asked what would make it easier for you living with HIV at school? A child responded “for it to be a normal thing”

Much of our work is focussed on HIV be understood simply as a health condition, a normal thing, which children should be able to speak openly about as they wish, without fear of how people will react.