We know that Coronavirus COVID-19 is causing a lot of worries for people, we aim to provide information, guidance, support and reassurance during this challenging time. CHIVA have developed dedicated information for professionals, parents and young people on COVID-19 and HIV to provide updates on recommendations and evidence as received.


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

Who to Tell?

It is important to remember that the person living with HIV in your family has the right to decide who knows about their HIV, as it is their private information. You have at some time probably had a secret that you told a friend who then told other people, so you know how that feels. You have been told something very important which belongs to someone else and you need to keep this safe.

But you also need to look after yourself, and you may have questions or worries that you need help with. There’s a part of this site called find support  that tells you about the different support you can get.

You can also talk to the person in your family who told you about HIV. You can try to make HIV a topic which you can both talk about. You can also ask who else knows, so you know who else you can talk to about this, if and when you need to.

The above film shares experiences of talking to others and gives advice about how to approach HIV communication with young people and others. 

A letter to BBC Children In Need

A young woman from Bristol is just one example of how your BBC Children In Need donation is helping others. She wrote to us to explain how Bristol charity "The Children's HIV Association" helped her to come to terms with living with HIV.

Posted by BBC Points West on Thursday, November 14, 2013