All women are unique and each one of us experiences HIV differently. We try to keep this in mind when providing advice on services you may need to support you during your HIV journey.
If you are looking for tailored advice, or advice for something not found here, we encourage you to contact Peer Support.
HIV Support Services
We recommend these organisations for providing HIV-specific support and advice.
We recommend these medical services for providing HIV-specific advice, treatment and health information.
We recommend this service for HIV-specific legal advice including Visa and residency applications.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services
We recommend this service for their culturally appropriate health information, referral and advice.
We recommend these services for their culturally appropriate health information and advice, including translated material.
Women's Health Services
We recommend these services for providing support, services and advice to improve women's health and well being.
Family Violence and Relationships
We recommend these services for their support and advice about families and relationships, including family violence, family planning and marital counselling.
If you are experiencing violence at home and urgently need assistance, please call the Police on '000' or the The Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria's Crisis line: (03) 9373 0123 or free call 1800 015 188 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
Mental Health Services
We recommend these services for their mental health support, including counselling and referral.
Positive Women Victoria offer one-on-one counselling and Peer Support services too. To find out more contact Peer Support.
If you are feeling suicidal or need urgent help please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
Victorian Government Mental Health Advice Line: 1300 280 737 (24 hours, 7 days a week).
Grief Line: 1300 845 745 (Midday – 3am, 7 days a week)
Migration and Settlement Services
We recommend these services for providing support and advice to those new to Australia.
Drug and Alcohol Services
We recommend these services for their advice and support of people living with a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs, including counselling, rehabilitation and needle-exchange services.
DirectLine (confidential Alcohol & Drug Counselling in Victoria, available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
Food Relief Services
The Salvation Army Crisis Contact 1800 627 727
Positive Women Victoria can provide food vouchers, but this is determined case-by-case via Peer Support. If you are in urgent need of food relief please contact Peer Support.
Financial Support Services
We recommend these services for financial advice, counselling and assistance.
Housing and Homelessness Services
We recommend these services for assistance with homelessness and housing-related advice and support.
Not from Victoria?
We recommend these state-based HIV Support services.
If you know of any service that isn't listed, but should be, please 'Contact Us' so we can fix it.