3P – Positive Pregnancy Peers
3P – Positive Pregnancy Peers is a new project for pregnant people living with HIV. The purpose of the project is to empower pregnant people living with HIV in Sweden through peer support.
Receiving support from a peer supporter
Everyone living with HIV who is pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or has recently given birth is welcome to apply for support from 3P. Our goal is to provide everyone who seeks support through 3P with the means to feel more secure and empowered, as well as the tools to make informed decisions regarding pregnancy and childbirth.
Our peer supporters can offer in-person and online support sessions, as well as come along to doctor’s appointments. During the period 2022–2024, we plan to establish local support groups in Stockholm, Malmö, Göteborg, and Umeå. This way, we aim to make 3P’s support activities available to pregnant people living with HIV throughout the country.
Many pregnant people living with HIV in Sweden were born in other countries. We therefore work actively to include people born outside Sweden in 3P. Our peer supporters are of different ages, come from several different countries, and speak several different languages.
Our peer supporters
Our peer supporters help others living with HIV to feel secure and empowered before, during, and after a pregnancy. All our peer supporters are living with HIV and have gone through the journey of pregnancy and birth themselves.
In the autumn of 2022, our first group of peer supporters completed the basic training led by experienced trainers from 4M Network, which has trained peer supporters living with HIV in the UK since 2016.
As a peer supporter, you receive training in how to identify support needs and how to support pregnant people living with HIV in a meaningful way. The basic training takes place over one weekend. After that, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills further through contact with other peer supporters and additional training based on requests. The role is flexible and can be adapted to suit you. You will also receive a small payment.
About peer support
The fundamental principle of peer support is that lived experience is invaluable. Today, peer support from trained peer supporters is a tried and tested method with good results in several countries. The method has been shown to have several health benefits for pregnant people living with HIV.
A project financed by Arvsfonden
3P is financed by Allmänna arvsfonden, a Swedish State fund that helps support non-profit organisations.
The 3P project group consists of Alexandra (project leader) and Lian (communications). Contact us!