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‘Maisha Mema’ group to offer support for Africans and refugees affected by HIV in London

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This November, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new free and confidential HIV support group for Africans and refugees in London. The group will provide an opportunity for people who are living with or affected by HIV in the capital to get emotional support and learn new skills for managing their life, feelings and relationships.

Called ‘Maisha Mema’ (which translates as ‘Good Life’), the group will launch on 11th November and will run over six sessions on Monday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm.


Africans are one of the groups most at risk from HIV in the UK, accounting for 57 per cent of all heterosexually acquired HIV infections in the UK in 2011. In 2009, a national study¹ reported that over a third of people with HIV had experienced discrimination in the previous year.


Justin Dickson, Groupwork Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Not only do these groups offer practical support, they also offer a non-judgemental forum away from the stigma that can still persist. Group members have the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation, and build friendships and support networks and ultimately improve their own emotional wellbeing. We would encourage anyone who feels they may benefit from attending the group to get in touch.”


The ‘Maisha Mema’ group will take place at Inspire at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, London, SE17 2HH. Hot food will be served during the group and time and transport will be reimbursed with a valid receipt. In addition to the ‘Maisha Mema’ group, Terrence Higgins Trust will also be offering additional groups this autumn targeted specifically at people who are newly diagnosed with HIV, and people with the condition who are aged 40 or older.


For more information or to register your interest in taking part ‘Maisha Mema’ or other Terrence Higgins Trust groups, please call (020) 7812 1719, or email Terrence Higgins Trust’s groupwork programme is funded by the Pan London HIV Prevention Partnership.

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