These Tools provide short, clear recommendations for all kinds of PLHIV networks – whether you are focusing on advocacy, education, mutual support, or just coming together for social or recreational reasons.

This Tool Kit is designed to help PLHIV create and strengthen our networks. When we come together and in partnership with other PLHIV, it enables us to:


  • Define our own agenda and establish policy, advocacy and service priorities;

  • Select leadership of our own choosing;

  • Speak with a collective voice;

  • Reduce internalized stigma (feeling ashamed, guilty or embarrassed about having HIV);

  • Reduce external stigma by educating our families, communities and others;

  • Improve our quality of life and health outcomes;

  • Support each other to achieve our personal and group goals.



A Complete Tool Kit Guide to creating new networks, or growing existing networks, for People Living with HIV

The Denver Principles are, in many ways, the Bill of Rights for people living with HIV. They changed the way our nation’s health care system treated people living with this disease—and it changed our health care system in general.

The first rule: Nobody's going to come to the meeting unless they've got a reason to come to the meeting.

A simple guide to help you establish ground rules during your first meeting, and how to discuss ground rules for the group. Ground rules should be simple, few and have widespread support.

Do you know Maslow? How does this effect your network? Here is the pyramid to help you understand what motivates people. Maslow believed that people possess a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires.

A flow chart to help understand the different types of Tax Exempt Organizations from 501(c) to 509(a)

If you’re willing to learn about privilege, but you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place!

Examples of fund raising events from across the network. If you have any suggestions or ideas to share please contact us at

A resource to learn understand the impacts of the "Meaningful Involvement of Woman with HIV" "MIWA"

This survey was the first step in implementing the NEP. It was designed to reach a cross-section of existing PLHIV networks in the US and assess their status and needs.

The power point briefing version of the full survey report

The purpose of this “Resource Tool Kit” is to enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to create their own Youth HIV Policy Advisor (YHPA) programs.