St. Louis has a new social group designed for HIV-positive, poz-friendly and poz impacted men to meet and socialize.  
 
CD4 St. Louis is the St. Louis Chapter of the Chicago-based CD4 Chicago. According to organizers, CD4 is not a support group, but specifically social in nature. The meetings take place the first Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at Rehab Bar & Grill at Manchester and Sarah in the Grove. 
 
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"It’s an opportunity for poz, poz friendly and poz impacted men to meet for socializing, friendship, dating or whatever," explained CD4 St. Louis in a released statement. "We understand that isolation is often one of the least talked about side effects of living with HIV.  Whatever the reason, we feel it’s important that poz guys be able to meet each other and break out of that isolation. CD4 St. Louis is for like-minded individuals to meet each other in person in a non-sexual and social environment."
 
"CD4 St. Louis is a mixed bag; that’s intentional and we like it that way," organizers continued. "CD4 St. Louis is for all poz, poz friendly and poz impacted men regardless of age or race. Whoever you are, if you’re poz, poz friendly or poz impacted we encourage you to join us and become a part of CD4 St. Louis… because all poz guys are awesome."
 
Celebrating its third anniversary, CD4 Chicago has proven a successful venture in The Windy City and is excited to expand the concept to St. Louis for the HIV-positive male community. The group welcomes community input and involvement regarding future events.  Social gatherings, outings, hikes, day trips, bowling, sporting activities, brunch/lunch/dinner gatherings, movie and game nights have already been suggested.
 
"So…all you poz, poz friendly and poz impacted guys out there - newly diagnosed or a long term survivor - you’re warmly encouraged to join us," CD4 St. Louis concluded. "Your presence is a significant contribution toward the success of CD4 St. Louis. Your involvement in CD4 St. Louis is welcomed, valued and vital. Come with an open mind, a minimum of expectations and a willingness to connect. You’ll meet new guys, see some you may already know, and connect with others like yourself."
 
For more information check out the CD4 St. Louis Facebook Page
 
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