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Loc: North Carolina, USA
HIV Support Group in Greensboro
      #274310 - 11/01/13 02:19 PM

Hello, wanted to send this out to any people living with HIV or in a relationship with someone with HIV, there is a group in Greensboro for support the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The location is at Higher Ground at 210 E Bessemer Ave Greensboro, NC 27401. We meet from 6:30PM to around 7:30/8:00PM. Lots of good information shared and a warm supportive environment. If you have felt alone and isolated, confused and just want to know someone out there care, come see us.
The Group is called, Grounded Afterhours. Hope to see you there.

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Re: HIV Support Group in Greensboro new
      #274312 - 11/01/13 10:47 PM

Support group are really very important . Not only do they give you contact with others that have experience with what one is going through but it is great for the immune system mentally and emotionally. I wish there were more around . All the best with your support group .

Look up to the Heavens for the answers to Lifes questions .

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Reged: 06/18/09
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Loc: Georgia
Re: HIV Support Group in Greensboro new
      #274323 - 11/03/13 06:58 PM

From someone who has had an HIV support group for more than a couple weeks -

It's GREAT that you're going to try to get one going. Don't be discouraged by a lack of participation either from people not wanting to attend (Can't have anyone seeing ME go to THAT type of meeting!) to having those who do attend basically just want to sit there. They know deep down that going is good, but they still aren't as comfortable with the fact that they're HIV+ as you are.

BIG HINT - Dumb it down!!! One of the most common comments I get is that people can't understand what I'm trying to tell them. You can be reading verbatim from a news article/website that has excellent information, but if people don't understand you might as well be speaking Chinese telling them how to make an omelet. You're more versed in the information. You've been studying it. But, some of those people who you hope to get to the meeting are going to be fairly new to the field and not understand things the way you do.

When it's just you and the group be sure to let them know that they can ask all the questions they want. Stop and answer them immediately. It'll probably turn the discussion into new directions, but the group will be talking about what it wants to know. Never be ashamed to admit you don't know something. Take notes and try to find out for the next meeting. Someone else will want to know the same thing. And, I am the person who can't pronounce the names of the new medications. (Who thinks them up?) I struggle through and laugh about it. People either laugh with me or sit there in silence, because they're learning.

HIV is still spread primarily through sexual contact. Be sure to let the people attending know there may be adult themes. Don't be afraid to call a goose a goose. It'll amaze you what you take for granted as general knowledge that some of your older clients don't know.

Ask around. I've found that every community has someone who is well versed in showing a crowd how to use a condom. Have them there one day for a demonstration. ON A BANANA!!! Give everyone condoms. Many people know they need them, but thanks to "societal norms" many people are still embarrassed to ask for them. Or, to ask for them from someone of the opposite sex. You can probably get them from your local HIV clinic. Have them there for people at every meeting, so they don't have to go out of their way to get them.

Please write again when the meetings start to let us know how things are going.

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Reged: 05/15/13
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Re: HIV Support Group in Greensboro new
      #274364 - 11/11/13 05:57 PM

I have to agree, with most everyone wanting to keep a lid on to a certain degree regarding disclosure, I find around this city it's kept very hush hush. The organization we have here is a drop-in resource center, which is good, but it has such short hours one cannot get to it even for assistance. Monday to Friday 8-5 and closed from 12-1, how can anyone access that! What's the point? I would like to see an evening drop in atleast once a week or once a month, just for that get to chat awhile feeling.

It's funny because the Gay Pride center here is open most evenings, have a weekly pot-luck dinner, regular drop in meetings in the evening ... the list goes on! You mention HIV there though, to have an HIV night or something and it goes silent, like you hear a pin drop.

Stigma maybe, fear probably ... it's funny because the Walk for Life in September had a great turn-out, very open to the public, no stigma or anything ... then comes setting up a group and there's an echo in the room.

Good luck with the Greensboro group, please give details on successes with any of the organisations so that maybe the rest of us can start to fashion things in our communities and get more people talking!

anotherday ... in paradise!
daily ponder ... be the reason someone smiles today!

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