Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

How to Talk About HIV

If the person who has HIV says it’s OK to tell someone, the next thing you need to work out is how to tell them. This may feel like a big deal, so this area is here to help you think this all through and plan it. It may be helpful to think of it in five steps:

It is good to share things with the people closest to you 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 know have said that having people or a family member in their lives that know they have HIV, and who treats them the same, is a great thing that brings them lots of emotional relief.

However, before you tell someone remember the five steps! Here is a checklist to make sure you have covered everything.