When you learn of being an HIV positive, dreadful thoughts and nightmares followed you everywhere. You further realized that people living with HIV are not treated as normal people- stigma is very much alive. You despair when you think of sharing your status with your loved ones. Just so you know, you’re not alone. Many individuals face the similar situation each day and suffer from communication crisis. HIV Advocates, which works and spreads news for the cause to fight HIV shares their thoughts on how to disclose your HIV status below.
Before disclosing it to your family, you may want to learn a few necessary things. First of all, contact others who are HIV positive. Talking is therapeutic and their advice can help you prepare for the road ahead of you. If you are having trouble finding someone close, try using the vast platform of social media. (For example: HIV Advocates) Secondly, gather the facts and information from reliable sources. Educate yourself!
Afterwards, you may choose someone close to you to talk about your HIV status, a 1-1 conversation is usually best we find- at least at first. Find strength, answer their questions(help educate them) and ask for their support. Your family might be confused or frustrated at first, but with patience and education hopefully they will become your support system and biggest advocates! It takes a lot of courage and strength to reveal your health status to your family and friends.
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