Lived Experience Advisory: Communications

Nine Circles has a group of people living with HIV that advise on our organization’s communications activities. The Lived Experience Advisory provides an opportunity for people living with HIV to share their journey and tell their stories of resilience¬†to challenge stigma and fear, and empower others living with HIV.


Advisory activities include:

  • learning and practicing different storytelling techniques to share personal stories of resilience, with an opportunity to share those stories more widely through Nine Circles’ existing communications channels (website, social media, e-news)
  • brainstorming ideas and contributing key messages for campaigns and events
  • speaking or taking part in the program at agency events
  • learning how to give a successful media interview and how to deal with reporter’s questions

The Lived Experience Advisory meets approximately 6 times a year, with casual consultation by electronic communication (email or a private social media group) in between. There are currently spaces for 10 people in the group.

Note: Disclosing your HIV status beyond the group is not required to be a member of the advisory. People can choose to share their story with a wider audience, but opportunities to share stories anonymously, or contribute behind the scenes are options. You only need to share what you are comfortable sharing.

If you’re interested in finding out more or getting involved, contact:

Teri Stevens
Community Engagement Coordinator