National advocacy

Positiiviset ry HivFinland is an advocacy organisation for people living with HIV. It aims to maintain and improve the well-being of people living with HIV.

The purpose of our advocacy and lobbying is to maintain and improve the position of people living with HIV in society. Our goal is to ensure equal rights and opportunities regardless of a positive HIV status. There is still a lot of ignorance, attitudes and stigma associated with HIV, which are barriers to equality for people living with HIV.

Our organisation advocates for all people living with HIV in Finland. Positiiviset ry HivFinland promotes equality, monitors national and international developments on HIV and actively seeks to influence policy makers.

HIV infection must not prevent you from applying for work or studies. Information about the health status of a person with HIV is subject to the same confidentiality requirements as health information about any other person.

As a patient organisation, we monitor the care and support services available to people living with HIV. The aim is to achieve professional, equal and humane care.

Positiiviset ry HivFinland shares information about developments in HIV treatment and medication. We respond to media discourse and correct misconceptions. We aim to provide a wide range of information about life with HIV and to reduce prejudice and fears about HIV.

Feel free to contact us

As part of our advocacy work, we help individual members solve their problems. If you feel you have received inappropriate service or have been treated inappropriately, you can contact us. Please send an email to


Everyone has the right to live without discrimination or fear of discrimination.

Discrimination means that a person is treated less favourably than another person in a comparable situation, without justifiable cause, or is put at a disadvantage compared to another person because of a discriminatory reason, without justifiable cause.

Section 8 of the Finnish Non-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relations, health status (such as HIV infection), disability, sexual orientation or other personal grounds.

Promoting equality is about tackling and preventing discrimination in a systematic and goal-oriented way, in order to ensure that equality is achieved in practice.