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Our organization

Who are we, what is our goal and how is the association managed

About us

Positiva Gruppen Syd was formed in 1987, by and for people living with hiv, as a peer support group for people living with hiv. Today Positiva Gruppen Syd is an organization working for anyone living with hiv regardless of gender, sex, nationality, ethnicity or other intersectional differences – with the purpose to increase the well being and quality of life for people living with hiv.


A great deal has changed since 1987. Hiv has transformed from being a deadly disease into a chronic condition. Nowadays we say people living with hiv, which means that those of us living with hiv now need to learn to live with the virus. At the same time there is a need to bring this knowledge to the general public, and increase the understanding of what living with hiv is like.

Medically we have come along way, but there are still issues with stigma and health disparities for people living with hiv. We aim to change that for the better.

Would you like us to lecture about hiv?

Contact us! We gladly visit schools, public events and organizations to talk about hiv.

Our work

To increase the quality of lives for people living with hiv and increase the public knowledge about hiv we are working in three areas:

Social contact & meet up

Provide and encourage meetings between people living with hiv, which in turn enables knowledge exchange and peer support. Facilitate connections so people living with hiv with ease can connect to others with hiv, both offline and online.

Systematic peer support

Anyone newly diagnosed or living with hiv should have access to information about peer support at their hiv clinic. Information should be provided equally and consistently to ensure everyone is granted the opportunity to improve their health through peer support.

Information & Education

Actively increase accessibility to information about hiv, as well as promote stories about living with hiv. To provide meetings between people living with hiv and the public in order to decrease hiv stigma and and increase knowledge about hiv.

Do you want to know more about previous years work? Read more in our annual reports (Swedish only)

Our team

Simon

Organizational developer

Simon is a trained social worker and hippologist and was recruited to Positiva Gruppen Syd in 2016. He has previously been active in Hiv-Sweden and RFSL. Simon likes to swim and travel in his recreational vehicle, he has also spent numerous hours working with horses. He has been living with his since 2011 and was awarded the Peo Stipend in 2013.

Linda

Project worker

Linda is a sociologist and started her work at Positiva Gruppen Syd in March 2019. She likes to read, do pilates and spend time with family and friends, and has just like Simon spent several years studying in the UK. Her experience with hiv is as a fellow human being and in close relation to people living with hiv.

Linus

Communications

Linus was recently hired to handle communications. He is mainly working with marketing, campaigns, visuals and audio. He has a background from working in communications for both the state and municipality, professional sports and as a freelancer.  When not working he is a devout film connoisseur and true coffee lover.

Emanuel

Coordinator

Emanuel holds a master degree in innovation from Lund University och has worked in the public and private sector both in Sweden and abroad with developing projects. To relax he likes to play ice hockey, lift weights and learn something new. He has been living with hiv since 2013 and was awarded the Peo Stipend in 2018.

The board

A new board is elected every year at the annual general meeting, which usually takes place end of february.

The current board consists of one chariman, four commissioners and two substitutes

Chairman: Conni​

Commisioners: Christina, John, Jan-Erik, Set​

Substitutes: Alex, Johannes

Read our charter and regulations

Positiva Gruppen Syd is a non profit association. The charter and regulations directs our work and strategic decision making.

If you would like to get in touch with the board, contact pgsstyrelse@pgsyd.se

Ethical foundation

Positiva Gruppen Syd, together with the organization Hiv-Sweden, has adopted an ethical foundation which is based on the human rights.

  • The human rights covers everyone and we protect equal rights for all and the right to best possible healthcare
  • We reject any discriminatory or stigmatizing acts against people living with hiv, as well as discriminatory legislation and praxis
  • People living with hiv owns the absolute right to speak on matters concerning people living with hiv, and should always be meaningfully involved in issues that concerns them

As an organization we also adheres to four basic principles – Openness, percipiency, aware of norms and accessibility. Read more about what this means for us in practice in the current three year plan.