Theme: Sexual Health & HIV

Healthy Sexuality After A Positive Diagnosis: My Relationship With Self

by Sabitha Pillai-Friedman and Kimberly Huggins

This workshop encourages participants to examine their relationships with their body and sexuality after a positive HIV diagnosis. Through personal reflection and group discussion, participants will be able to describe the impact of HIV on their sexual self-esteem and body image; practice mindfulness to develop self-compassion to accept their body with HIV; and develop ways to eroticize the body after HIV diagnosis.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of HIV on their body image and sexual self-esteem.
  • Practice mindfulness self-compassion exercises to affirm and accept their bodies with HIV.
  • Recognize ways to eroticize their body and increase their sexual self-esteem.
  • List three ways that they will care for their body.
  • List three positive words that they will use to describe their body to themselves and others.
  • List three negative words that they will avoid using to describe their body to themselves and others.

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Group Size

This workshop is designed for groups of 10–15  with two facilitators (preferably one mental health professional and a support person). However, it can be adapted for groups as small  as eight. For a group size of eight, have answers prepared to help with the discussion during the group share activity. For the closing activity, participants can be grouped in pairs or it can be a larger group share out discussion.


140 minutes


Computer and projector
Flip chart paper
Writing Utensils
Printed handouts