HIV 101: How Do I Find HIV Support Groups Near Me?
Each state has its own toll-free HIV and AIDS hotline, and Project Inform has the full list at ProjectInform.org/hotlines. If you call Project Inform’s HIV Health InfoLine, which is (800) 822-7422, you can talk to nonjudgmental people (in English and Spanish) who will listen to you, share their experiences, offer you accurate information about HIV, and help you navigate health care obstacles and talk to doctors about your concerns.
There are a myriad of support groups, and trying to choose the right one can feel overwhelming. There are more than enough options out there—clinic-based support groups, faith-based support groups, private support groups, online support groups—so you can find one made up of people who share your values, needs, or communication styles. On About.com, HIV specialist Dennis Sifris, MD, and HIV educator James Myhre suggest you consider five things in your search for an HIV support group: