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Peer mentoring

A peer is someone in a similar position or who shares similar experiences.  Peer mentors share their lived experience and knowledge to help and support others.

HIV peer mentors are living with HIV so have an understanding of what you may be going through and what your diagnosis means. They can be a listening ear, share experiences and discuss support options. A diagnosis of HIV can bring up a range of emotions, so a mentor can be especially helpful if you don't have anyone to talk to about how you are feeling.

Peer mentoring takes place one-on-one or in group meetings, in person, online, or on the phone. Following a short assessment, you will be matched with a peer mentor who will have the appropriate training and/ or accreditation. Depending on your needs, you can have a one-off session or arrange to see a peer mentor over several sessions.

Peer mentors usually provide support with the following

  • Coming to terms with your diagnosis
  • Taking and adhering to medication
  • Improving your understanding of HIV and treatment
  • Managing any side effects from medication
  • Getting the most out of clinic appointments
  • Taking greater care of your health and wellbeing
  • Reduce feelings of isolation, improve confidence and self-esteem
  • How (if and when) to share your status with others
  • Having sex and managing sexual relationships
  • Talking about HIV with confidence

HIV organisations in London providing peer support include [1]

Also, ask HIV centres in London (where you may be registered) if they provide peer support.

[1] Last checked mid-2023.

The difference the HIV peer mentor project has made - HIV Peer Mentor Project | Transformation Partners in Health and Care | 6 Jan 2023 | 1m 23s
Find Your Four: Peer Mentor Video #1: The Power of Peer Support | Gilead | 21 Oct 2021 | 4m 29s

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