WHAT IS THE HIV ANONYMOUS PROGRAM?
HIV Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women that offers support to people living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS. There are no dues or fees for HA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
There are no strings attached to HA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations. We have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious, or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.
Our primary purpose is to provide a safe environment where members can share their experience, strength and hope with each other in dealing with the effects that HIV has on their lives. In this fellowship, recovery and healing from the devastating effects of an HIV diagnosis can take place. We believe that no HIV positive person should have to deal with this diagnosis alone, in loneliness and isolation. The new comer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away.
WHY ARE WE HERE?
We are not here to change you. We are not here to segregate or impose a particular belief system upon you. However, if you want fellowship with other people who are living in balance and harmony with HIV and AIDS, or maybe you feel remorse that you have transmitted HIV to another person, or if you are concerned that your behavior could spread HIV. If you share these feelings, then HIV Anonymous is for you.
HA is a fellowship, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identity, open to anyone who is affected by HIV. We are a fellowship who meets regularly to help each other deal and cope with the effects of HIV and AIDS on our lives. We are not a group therapy, but a spiritual program that provides a safe environment for working on spiritual, mental and emotional healing from the devastating effects of HIV.
If you want what we have to offer, and are willing to take certain steps, we at HIV Anonymous share a few common goals:
1. We take care of ourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
2. We abstain from high-risk behavior.
3. We accept people as they are and believe that harm reduction is a step in the right direction.
4. We try to carry this message of hope to others.
Our program is one of suggestions -- not of rules. Each member is invited to "take what you like and leave the rest." This means that you are free to use any tools and suggestions from HA that work best for you.
HA is a spiritual program not affiliated with any religious organization. Reference is made in the steps and in meetings to God or a Higher Power. All individuals define this concept for themselves. Many people who speak of a Higher Power simply mean "some power greater than themselves." For example, this power might be the collective experience of the fellowship or meetings. Those of us who came to the program with religious beliefs have found that the twelve steps do not interfere with those beliefs.
There are no requirements for admission to our meetings: anyone who is affected by HIV is welcome.
This Program originated in Manila. I was able to attend one of the HIV Anonymous Program of THE NO DAY BUT TODAY PROJECT by JAKE LOPEZ and I was very interested to bring it here in Iloilo City. This kind of Program would really help our newly diagnosed People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Psychologically, Emotionally, Spiritually and Physically. This Program will have its SOFT LAUNCHING next month (July 2012) and it will be held every Saturday.
So I am inviting all PLHIV here in Iloilo City, they are very much welcome to join the PROGRAM.
For Questions and Inquiries send me a message @ firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 09278230300 / 09323298893.
Once Again this is JaKe Positive. BE SAFE! +)