It was really bad getting a positive test result and it made me feel lost. If I had had a Buddy along my side at that time, it would have been easier for me to get back on my feet much faster.Bert
You want advice because you have been diagnosed HIV positive? You are not alone! Here you will find information and exchange of experiences at eye level from people living with HIV for people living with HIV.Ralf
Find your Buddy!
More than 40 specially-trained people are currently active in the Buddy project throughout Germany. They are from a variety of backgrounds and include all age groups. Through our search function online, you can choose a Buddy that best suits you, for example regarding sexual orientation, gender and where you live. You can also contact that person directly.
How do I become a Buddy?
People with HIV who are committed to become a Buddy are always welcome. Those who are interested should have been living with the infection long enough to have come to terms with the diagnosis. A Buddy should also be empathetic and communicative, and also able to listen well. In preparation, all future Buddies will be specially trained at two weekend seminars.
About the Buddy Project
Even if today with successful treatment an HIV infection is no longer life-threatening, a positive test result is still often experienced as a shock. This makes it all the more important to have someone to talk to who has personal experience with HIV and knows about living with it. Buddy project connects just such men and women nationwide, who are HIV-positive themselves and who stand by your side with advice and help during your first “positive” steps.