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I wanted to write and acknowledge this past weekend’s retreat at Shallowford. This was my third retreat, since being diagnosed in May 2019.


Over the past two and a half years I have gone through many different emotions, learning how to accept and live with the diagnosis.


The retreats have supported me enormously and I have met some great people there and made some good friends.


I am not open with family and friends about living with hiv and the retreats provide an opportunity to speak openly and in a safe environment

When the National Long Term Survivors Group (NLTSG) first held its residential weekends at Glenfall House Cheltenham, members wondered who would be missing, at the next weekend.

Back in the early 90s, living with HIV for five years was considered long-term survival, which explains the five-year rule that was in place long after it became irrelevant.


Here is just some of the feeback we have recieved from people who have attended our retreats