HIV AIDS Stigma and education

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau Inc.

The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau Inc. is a highly committed and diverse group of HIV Positive people who also share a common thread of knowing first hand the effects that HIV has on communities.

The Positive champions speakers Bureau is empowering our speakers with the effective abilities to do HIV testing and counseling. We are providing prevention and linkage aspects of HIV care. By providing HIV insight to the newly diagnosed and those currently living with HIV, our services offer hands on experience and knowledge of how to effectively disseminate all aspects of adherence, compliance with primary care and how to protect your partners while doing so. While working with the community at large, our current knowledge of the challenges that come with working with populations most at risk for contracting the disease make us a very effective intervention for prevention.

We seek to educate the wider community on the issues of living with HIV & AIDS and to end the myths associated with it. We directly seek to end the fear and stigma associated with the disease, and promote healthier relationships and behavior changes within the community. We have a mission to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of HIV and AIDS. We directly seek to partner with other organizations that share our common goal. We also directly seek to partner with all schools to create a space to talk about HIV within the education system.

We promote the idea that those living with HIV/AIDS need understanding and compassion and that no one “deserves” this disease. We are a diverse group of individuals who have been directly touched by HIV/AIDS.  We share our stories of living with and being affected by HIV/AIDS in an effort to educate others about the disease and to put a real face to HIV/AIDS.  We strive to bring to light the psycho-social issues of living with HIV/AIDS.

The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau is empowering our speakers with the effective abilities to do HIV testing and counseling. We are providing prevention and linkage aspects of HIV care. By providing HIV insight to the newly diagnosed and those currently living with HIV, our services offer hands on experience and knowledge of how to effectively disseminate all aspects of adherence, compliance with primary care and how to protect your partners while doing so. While working with the community at large, our current knowledge of the challenges that come with working with populations most at risk for contracting the disease make us a very effective intervention for prevention. The Positive Champions Speakers Bureau Inc. is dedicated to providing compassionate, professional and confidential services, including Peer Navigation to people in Volusia and Flagler Counties in an effort to respond to HIV and AIDS.  Peer Navigators are defined as HIV-positive, medication-adherent role models living with a shared experience and a shared community membership as the populations with which they work. Peers are trained, often paid, professional staff members rather than volunteers. Their work includes case finding and community outreach; routine appointment reminder phone calls; accompaniment to appointments; transportation assistance; referrals and associated follow-up; and adherence education and support.

We are calling on our leaders in Government to:
1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV.
2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities.
3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system
by increasing investment in public health services*.
4. Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate,
lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is
taught to all young people in all schools*.
5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the USA.
6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in
or out of work.
7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a
population ageing with HIV.