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. 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.
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 this information private. You can talk to the HIV positive person in your family about this. You need to be clear to the person you are telling that this is very private information and they must not share it.
You could bring them to this website so they can find out more and understand living with HIV better.