For many people, finding out about their HIV infection is a great shock and personal crisis. It is important that no one is left alone in this crisis. In addition to being upset about the infection itself, a new HIV diagnosis can raise a wide range of questions. Examples of questions that you may have: Can I live a normal life with HIV? Who should I tell about my HIV infection? And how? Will HIV affect my relationships and my sex life? Can I have children? Does HIV affect career choices or do I have to tell my workplace about the infection? Hivpoint’s support and crisis discussions will help you reflect and think about all these issues.
Hivpoint offers free and confidential support and crisis discussion meetings with staff. We can organize the discussions at Hivpoint’s offices in Helsinki, Tampere or Oulu and, if necessary, also elsewhere. Maybe you feel most comfortable meeting at a park or in a cafe? We’ll make that happen! Meetings can be held face-to-face, by phone, or over video call. We can speak in Finnish or English and if you need and want to, we can use an interpreter.
You can also bring your partner or other relative with you for our discussion. We can also match you with a person living with HIV, who has gone through the same situation before and can provide you with peer support.
You can reach out to Hivpoint’s support and crisis discussions anonymously. Make an appointment through Hivpoint’s counseling services Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, by phone on 0207 465 705 from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm or via chat from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. You can also contact Hivpoint employees directly.
HIV Finland (Positiiviset ry) also offers support services for those who have just heard of their HIV infection. Read more about them here.