HIV/sexual health

The power of peers to change lives

This video provides a case study of two peer support programme experiences from the perspective of two HIV healthcare professionals who were originally sceptical but who are now supportive. They explain the impact that peer support has had on their patients and what peer support workers can do that they as health professionals can't. This video could be used as a tool for encouraging better integration with healthcare services and may contain learning points for programmes wishing to develop or expand.

Evaluation of Positively UK’s gay & bisexual men’s project

This evaluation was carried out at the end of year two of a three-year project that was set up to provide support to gay and bisexual men living with HIV. It was informed by quantitative and qualitative data, including an online survey completed by over 100 project participants. The project goal was to empower service users to successfully transition to effective self-management and independent living with HIV. The document is an example of an independently commissioned evaluation of a service and could act as a template for others to base their own evaluations.

Reach project evaluation

This evaluation aimed to explore the components and processes by which the peer support service delivered by Positively UK enables people living with HIV to improve and/or maintain their engagement with clinical services. Key areas for investigation included behaviour change and management influenced by client engagement with peer support services, interaction between peer support and other services, and the extent to which peer support services are focused on solving challenges and/or providing opportunities to clients.

"Positive examples": a bottom-up approach to identifying best practices in HIV care and treatment based on the experiences of peer educators

This article describes peer support in HIV care and treatment based on the perspective of 23 HIV-positive peer educators across the United States. Following in depth interviews, those individuals were asked questions about their role in their community and how they believed their interaction with others had a positive impact including on HIV knowledge, access to health care, utilisation of services, and adherence to treatment. The article then sets out the key findings from the discussions and draws conclusions on characteristics that may be important for programme sustainability.

Building blocks to peer program success: a toolkit for developing HIV peer programs

This toolkit summarises important principles for setting up and expanding peer support programmes for people with HIV/AIDS based on 3 successful peer programmes in the US. It includes a substantial section on evaluating peer support programmes which includes information on choosing what to measure, logic models, data collection methods, and analysing results. While it is not clear if it has been developed in partnership with service users, it has been developed in partnership with a wide group of clinical experts.

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