How to Talk About HIV
If the person who has HIV says it’s OK to tell someone, or you are living with HIV yourself, and have decided that you want to talk to someone about your HIV, the next thing you need to work out is how to tell the person you have decided to talk to. This may feel like a big deal, so this area is here to help you think this all through and plan for it. It may be helpful to think of it in five steps:
It is good to share things with the people that you are closest to, and the only way people will stop treating HIV positive people badly is by learning about it, and by meeting HIV positive people.
Young people we work with, have said that having a family member, close friend or someone else in their lives that knows they have HIV, and who treats them the same, is a great thing that brings them lots of emotional relief, and gives them a space where they can fully be themselves.
However, before you do tell someone remember the five steps above! Here is a checklist to make sure you have covered everything.