Czech AIDS Help Society2019-04-12T07:43:57+00:00

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019 at 7PM

Czech AIDS Help Society, Z.S. – Lighthouse

Address: Malého 3, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín
Phone: 800 800 980

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A Short Guide to the History of the Czech AIDS Help Society

Czech AIDS Help Society was established in 1989 as a self-support initiative of PLWHIV (People living with HIV), their friends and families with the aim to support PLWHIV in their daily lives. During its existence, the NGO extended its goals and is currently also very active in the field of HIV prevention and awareness, and policy advocacy – Many of these new services are provided directly or with support of PLWHIV. In the late 90’s, the NGO opened a social center, Dum svetla (the Lighthouse), that provides anonymous and free of charge HIV testing and shelter accommodation services to PLWHIV. We run on-site HIV/AIDS counseling services in Prague and Ostrava, a national toll-free HIV/AIDS hotline and organize topical awareness campaigns. Recently, the NGO also started providing legal assistance to PLWHIV who were discriminated against in relation to their diagnosis and we run anti-stigmatization campaigns. Our activities are financed from grants, donations, fees and our own activities.

The Lighthouse

The ceremonial opening of the “Lighthouse” took place on August 11, 1999. The house is open for all people affected by HIV/AIDS, their friends, and their families. The Lighthouse is a safe center for anyone affected in any way by this malicious disease and offers a wide range of services. Attention is also paid to problems related to all levels of discrimination, prejudices, and lack of information.

Residential premises housing 15 beds are located on the first floor of the building. In this part of the building, a temporary recovery care, in addition to long-term and short-term accommodation are available for HIV/AIDS infected individuals and their close ones. The accommodation is also available for people living outside Prague who come to Prague to visit a doctor.

A number of therapy programmes under the leadership of experienced assistants are available. Apart from individual therapy consisting mainly of relaxation massage and electrotherapy, you can also participate in group recovery exercises combined with music therapy, or let yourself be introduced to the world of yoga. Healers from the Association of Healers are ready to offer alternative treatments. For believers, meetings with representatives of various churches can be arranged.