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The PALS Project will be starting a new cycle of CHOICES in November. Please read the information about CHOICES and refer anyone you know who qualifies to Magno Morales at mmorales@PrideCenterFlorida.org or 954 463 9011 ext.303 Thank you!

Stressed by dating, sex, relationships or disclosure?

Join CHOICES!

We are the PALS Project. We offer men living with HIV practical social support, accurate HIV information and effective strategies to lead safer, richer lives.

Living with HIV/AIDS can add unique stressors to life. The five-week CHOICES (Choosing Healthy Options & Improving Communication EffectivenesS) program can help. You’ll learn helpful coping skills to handle challenges you may face.

We meet in small groups to discuss how to:

  • Build healthier relationships
  • Negotiate safer sex
  • Lower stress
  • Make better decisions
  • Disclose HIV-status to family, friends and sex partners

Fun, interactive sessions include:

  • Modern movie clips
  • Thought-provoking activities
  • Small group discussion
  • Role play

If you are living with HIV, this program can help you:

  • Meet new HIV+ friends
  • Share common experiences
  • Improve your problem-solving and communication skills
  • Raise your level of safe behaviors
  • Improve the quality of your overall health

Program is five weeks long.

Interested?

Contact: PALS Project- -MAGNO MORALES

954.463.9011 ext. 303

mmorales@PrideCenterFlorida.org

An HIV prevention program funded by the Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS

 

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PALS Project and After-Life cordially invite LIFE graduates and their friends and family to

THE 1st Annual Wonderland Party

Saturday December 18, 2010

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Pride Center at Equality Park
Building B (Back Building)

Benefiting “Toys for Kids”. Please bring an unwrapped toy

Come share in this wonderful night surrounded by friends and family with food & beverages provided.

Prize giveaways!

Please RSVP and indicate plus ONE by December 10, 2010 to:
pals.project.ftl@gmail.com

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The L.I.F.E. Program® is the nation’s leading health-enhancement and wellness-counseling program for people living with HIV. L.I.F.E. provides participants with the knowledge, motivation, skills, and support necessary to establish and maintain health-protective routines.

Our Program Goals:

  1. Optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV by assisting participants in improving their performance on biological, psychological, and social Cofactors that can impact health.
  2. Reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV by assisting participants in reducing HIV transmission risk behaviors and other health-risking behaviors.

Is L.I.F.E. Effective?
Clinical program evaluation of shows that L.I.F.E. participants:

  • Reduce overall health problems (by 27-44%) and overall personal problems (by 38-50%);
  • Decrease drug/alcohol use and other health risking behaviors;
  • Increase adherence to HIV treatment and other health routines;
  • Increase the amount and quality of trusted support in their lives; and
  • Improve coping with grief, depression, and Survival Stress.

Through L.I.F.E.’s innovative and effective learning methods and group processes, L.I.F.E. participants improve their health outcomes in as few as 12 weeks.

How L.I.F.E. Works
L.I.F.E., which stands for Learning Immune Function Enhancement, is based on scientific research that connects our performance on certain biological, psychological, and social Cofactors, to immune system functioning, disease progression, and overall health. These Cofactors have been shown in HIV disease and other life-threatening illnesses to trigger symptom onset, speed up or slow down disease progression, and impact survival time. Cofactors have also been shown to impact physical, social, and psychological aspects of quality of life. When people living with HIV/AIDS or other illnesses understand the dynamic relationship between mind and body, and improve their performance on certain Cofactors, then they may benefit from improved physical and psychological health and well-being.

Cofactors to HIV+ Health and Wellness
A Cofactor is a life issue that can impact health. Research shows Cofactors can slow down (HIV, cancer, or Hepatitis C) disease progression; help to reverse existing disease symptoms or AIDS-related conditions; enhance immune system functioning; increase adherence to health routines including medication/treatment protocols used to treat disease or symptoms; and improve one’s ability and willingness to choose health-supporting behaviors over health-risking behaviors.

L.I.F.E. participants explore their performance on 26 Cofactors and receive the knowledge, motivation, skills, and support necessary to set and reach goals related to their Cofactor performance and health. By increasing health-supporting Cofactor performance and reducing or eliminating health-risking Cofactor performance, participants can greatly increase their potential to develop and maintain wellness.

For more about Shanti’s Life Program, check out their Web Site.

In Fort Lauderdale, the LIFE Program is provided by the PALS Project.  Get Started with LIFE today!

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