Peer Navigators are trained individuals from the community who are People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Peer Navigators will assist in promoting treatment adherence and foster trust in the individual's health care. They help clients navigate the intimidating world of HIV treatment and services by providing a range of support activities that include but are not limited to:
The presence of the peer navigator can help close the gap between healthcare providers and people who need help adapting to a treatment plan.
Through shared backgrounds, culture, language, and knowledge of the community, peer navigators can relate to clients in a way that health care workers often cannot. Peer navigators offer encouragement and emotional support by: