Once you have told them, you won’t really know how they will react, so you could think about these things:
1. Try to remember how you felt when you were told.
2. Try to remember they might feel afraid, angry, or confused. Try to think about how you can help them with these feelings and what helped, or would have helped you when you felt any of these things.
3. Think about the questions you had when you found out, and let them know they can ask you anything. Keep the conversation open and ongoing.
4. It is really important to think about how you’re going to explain to them that they need to keep your information private. You need to be clear to the person you are telling understands that is personal information that they must not share it without your consent.
You could bring them to this website so they can find out more and understand living with HIV better. Some young people we work with have found our film Life Growing Up a really useful resource to share with their loved ones when explaining about HIV.