More than 25 specially-trained people are currently active in the Buddy project “Sprungbrett” (Springboard) throughout Germany. They are from a variety of backgrounds and include all age groups. Through our search function online, you can choose a Buddy that best suits you, for example regarding sexual orientation, gender and where you live. You can also contact that person directly.
People with HIV who are committed to become a Buddy are always welcome. Those who are interested should have been living with the infection long enough to have come to terms with the diagnosis. A Buddy should also be empathetic and communicative, and also able to listen well. In preparation, all future Buddies will be specially trained at two weekend seminars.
Even if today with successful treatment an HIV infection is no longer life-threatening, a positive test result is still often experienced as a shock. This makes it all the more important to have someone to talk to who has personal experience with HIV and knows about living with it. “Sprungbrett” (Springboard) connects just such men and women nationwide, who are HIV-positive themselves and who stand by your side with advice and help during your first “positive” steps.