Living with hiv in southern Sweden

Are you living with HIV? If you just found out or have been positive for some time – Welcome to Positiva Gruppen Syd! We are an organization for people living with or affected by HIV in the south of Sweden. 

We are based in Malmö and arrange monthly activities for those of us with HIV in southern Sweden. We serve Malmö, Lund, Helsingborg, Kristianstad, Halmstad and other communities in the regions of Skåne, Halland, Blekinge and Småland.

Besides our activities it can be nice to just know there is someone to talk to and having a friend living with hiv can feel good. We have a network of people living with hiv so through us you can meet and interact with other people living with hiv. You might want to talk about your experience or just listen to gain the advice from someone else, you decide! If you have specific questions, great, if you just want to get to know us, thats great too. Feel welcome and free to be whomever you are!

To give you an idea of what we are offering in terms of activities, below is a list of some of the events we arranged last year and a few of the most frequently asked questions.

Example of previous activities in 2019

Christmas dinner – Thursday 19th december

Eat and be merry together in true Christmas spirit! We host a Christmas dinner starting at 5pm until the food is finished or everyone has gone home. Feel free to drop in anytime, to drink we serve the classical Julmust! Drop us a message to let us know you are coming and notify if any food-allergies so we have time to prepare alternatives.

Beauty and the Beast – Wednesday 11th december

Join us for an evening at Malmö Opera, we have 5 tickets up for grabs for the show starting at 19:00. Sign up by contacting us!

World Aids Day – Sunday 1st december

Public lecture by a famous Swedish TV personality on the theme overcoming obstacles, followed by debate where we discover similarities and differences between hiv and diabetes and cancer. Starts 15:00 at Scandic Triangeln, Malmö. Reserve seat by contacting us.

“Whats your experience with hiv?” – Saturday 9th November

Workshop in our office in Malmö to develop a message to use in campaigns aimed at increasing the knowledge of hiv among the public. Share your thoughts in what should be included and addressed. Following the workshop we jointly walks to a nearby spa and gets a professional massage. The day ends with dinner at a nearby restaurant.  Only 5 slots due to capacity constraints, grab your seat by contacting us.

Visit to Kafé Knud in Copenhagen -Friday 25th October

We meet at 16:30 and hop on the train to Copenhagen to visit HIV Denmark for a joyful “open house”. Mingle, network or just relax, usually there’s some entertainment (singer-songwriter etc) to check out. We cover the travel expenses and cost for dinner. Let us know if you would like to join by contacting us October 22 at latest.

Since we are in the midst of the corona pandemic, most of our group activities for 2020 are however on hold. We do keep our meeting space open if you would like to drop by for a coffee and chat. Feel free to reach out, we are always open to connect.

Frequently asked questions

I don’t live in Malmö, can I still join one of your activities?

Positiva Gruppen Syds office and meeting space is in Malmö but caters to everyone living with hiv in southern Sweden. The area in which we operate spans from Trelleborg in the very south all the way to the border of Småland in the north. We also cover Blekinge and Halland districts. We offer to cover travel expenses paid for people not living in Malmö as a way to ensure the support we provide is accessible regardless of home address.

What type of people can I expect to meet in your organization/activities?

We are open to all people, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity or any other differences. Our activities largely attracts a rather diverse group of people. We mostly speak Swedish, but if you don’t speak Swedish or just starting to learn, don’t hesitate to join, we often have other non-Swedish speaking participants!

Can I visit you in private and talk one-on-one?

Absolutely, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate and set up a meeting. Peer-support is a central part of who we are and what we do.