Positive People Goa | Home

Our Vision

A vibrant and self-reliant network of independent and interdependent groups of PLHIVs and other vulnerable people in Goa, who will assert, defend and expand their social, economic and cultural rights for their identity, inclusion, opportunity, equity and sustainable livelihood, so as to thus control the HIV epidemic in Goa.

Our Mission

The mission of Positive People is to empower People living with HIV (PLHIVs) with their rights, individually and collectively, through care and support, treatment, intervention and advocacy. To achieve this mission, Positive People reaches out to the most at risk population through programmes on awareness, prevention, care and support, training, research and documentation.

What we do

We are pioneers in addressing issues surrounding HIV in Goa. Currently partnering with Goa State AIDS Control Society, we work with female sex workers in South Goa and people who use injecting drugs in North Goa. We also provide care and support for families living wiht and affected by HIV throughout Goa.

Welcome to Positive People

Positive People was founded by Dominic D’Souza, the first HIV positive activist from Goa. D’Souza, a resident of Goa, was found to be HIV-positive when he donated blood at a hospital. The test was performed without his knowledge or consent, and the results were revealed not to him, but to the local police. D’Souza was subsequently arrested and confined in an unused TB sanatorium pursuant to the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Health Act, 1985, an amendment to which in 1986 authorized the State to mandatorily test any person for HIV and isolate them if they tested HIV-positive. He challenged the Goa Public Health Amendment Act, which called for mandatory isolation of an HIV positive person. He won a partial victory when the court ruled detainment was mandatory only in a “justifiable” case. His legacy continues through Positive People, the NGO he started to help people living with HIV. Later, on being released Dominic went on to publicly declare his HIV status and asserting that he had every right to live a normal life. From those bold beginnings, Positive People has grown to the largest operational NGO in Goa, addressing various issues related to HIV prevention, care and support, advocacy, training and research. 


Latest News / Upcoming Events

Demystifying HIV/AIDS Bill - Lecture

Demystifying HIV & AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill 2017” - A Public Lecture by Adv Anand GroverSenior Advocate, in the Supreme Court of India and the Director of the Lawyer’s Collective (India)

Saturday | 6th May 2017 | 10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Organised by

Positive People and The Lawyers Collective

in collaboration with

The International Centre Goa


"Silver Jubilee Celebration

"Musical Evening" to mark the culmination of Silver Jubilee Year on 7th May 2017. The event will be held at Kala Academy Open Air Auditorium from 7.00 am onwards. "Read More...

Important Links