And If You Want a Little More Support ...
Other Sources of Support at Body Positive
In this issue, we highlight the Body Positive Support Group Program and our Helpline, two major programs designed to provide support to people infected and affected by HIV. But Body Positive also offers a number of other programs that may be of help, three of which are profiled below: social events, our Web site, and publications. For information on any of these programs, consult the monthly listings in Body Positive magazine, check out our Web site (www.bodypos.org) or call us at 212-566-7333.
At first glance, it might not be clear why social events qualify as "sources of support." After all, these events should be fun, entertaining, and relaxing -- all of which they are. But Body Positive's structured social events offer more than just a fun night out. By attending BP socials, people living with HIV and their loved ones have the opportunity to make new friends, develop new romantic relationships, and cultivate new social networks. Through all of these sources, Body Positive clients have found new sources of information, new insights and perspectives on the challenge of living with HIV, and more than once, a new shoulder to lean on. Body Positive regularly offers Friday socials, gay men's get-togethers (particularly through the popular new initiative "The HIVe"), and special events such as summer boat cruises around Manhattan.
Web SiteThis month, Body Positive is pleased to unveil our new Web site. We have been at www.bodypos.org for over two years, but our new redesign offers an enhanced and expanded portal to information about HIV and AIDS. The newly designed site offers permanent information about Body Positive as an agency, a changing list of current and upcoming events, and links to other sources of information. Even as our enhanced Web site goes online, we will also be continuing our long partnership with the Web site "The Body," which hosts back issues of both Body Positive and SIDAahora magazines. The main page of "The Body" is also well worth a visit, as it contains an extraordinary array of information about all aspects of HIV/AIDS. For more, go to www.thebody.com and have a look for yourself.
If you are reading this, you must already know about Body Positive magazine, which has been published monthly since 1987. Amidst the many publications dedicated to HIV/AIDS, Body Positive has traditionally differentiated itself by taking an upbeat approach focusing on topics such as healthier living, improving your financial situation, enhancing mental health, and learning from the experiences of others. In this way, Body Positive magazine seeks to extend the basic mission of our parent organization, Body Positive, Inc. Since 1999, Body Positive has also been the publisher of SIDAahora, a bi-monthly Spanish-language magazine formerly published by the People with AIDS Coalition of New York (PWAC-NY) that is the oldest HIV/AIDS publication in Spanish in the United States. Contrary to a common misconception that SIDAahora is a translation of Body Positive, the magazine is actually an editorially independent publication serving the special needs of Spanish-speakers in New York, throughout the U.S., and in Latin America. Because there are far fewer HIV/AIDS publications in Spanish than in English, SIDAahora has a broad mandate, providing a great deal of biomedical and treatment information, in addition to personal profiles, inspirational stories, and other features. As noted above, back issues can be found on the Web site "The Body." For subscription information to either magazine, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 212-566-7333.
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