Children & young people living with HIV

Sahir House work in partnership with CHIVA, Children’s HIV Association, supporting children, young people and families living with HIV.  Ensuring that children, young people and families living with HIV become healthier, happier and more in control of their own futures.

CHIVA works to ensure young people living with HIV have the treatment and care, knowledge, understanding, skills and wider support needed to live well and achieve their greatest potential.

On Merseyside we work directly with clinics to help address some of the wider impacts HIV can have on children’s and young people’s lives and to support families facing more complex issues.
This includes:

  • working in collaboration with clinic teams to support health and wellbeing
  • providing expert guidance and advice to the wider workforce supporting families living with HIV, e.g. schools and professionals from wider agencies such as social care
  • offering direct support and advice to children and their families through home visits and one-to-one work
  • supporting young people to successfully transition and settle into adult care
  • organising local peer group meet-up events for children and young people
  • supporting families to engage children and young people with CHIVA’s wider national peer-based programmes

Life Growing Up is a short film created from the real life stories of young people who have grown up with HIV. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the experiences and needs of young people living with HIV.

The film explores critical issues for young people including finding out they have HIV, engaging with healthcare, adhering to treatment, sharing their HIV information with friends or partners, and managing the emotional and social impacts of HIV.

You can watch the film here. The second video is a BSL & subtitled version.

For more information contact serena.cavanagh@chiva.org.uk
Visit CHIVA website here.