The Positive Sisters
The Positive Sisters is a successful, unique peer project designed and managed by ShivA. The project matches and supports trained HIV-infected migrant women from Sub-Saharan Africa or the Caribbean, ‘Positive Sisters’, with other HIV-infected migrant women. Positive Sisters support migrant women who encounter difficulties in living with HIV in the Netherlands. As a role model, the Positive Sister helps women to break through self-stigma and social isolation and empowers them. Because of the support, women become compliant to their treatment. The holistic approach of the Positive Sisters project makes it distinctive to many other peer projects: “I will live! I take my medication! I continue with my life; HIV is not the end!” are the three pillars of the Positive Sisters Project.