Positively Women is a self-help group for women with HIV infection. Its origins go back to the beginning of 1987. At that time I had recently been diagnosed HIV positive and was feeling completely isolated. After eight years or so of heavy drug use, I had been ‘clean’ for about three and felt like I’d really got my act together. All the court cases, probation orders, etc. were out of the way, I’d made new friends, found a job, and was doing evening classes, planning to go on to university: a whole new life-a new start-and I felt really proud of myself. I had come a long way.