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Telling others that you are HIV positive

What are the problems?

When you receive an HIV-positive diagnosis for HIV, it can be difficult to know who to tell about it and to know how they, other people.

Inform others can be good because:

  • You can get the love and support to help you deal with your health.
  • You can keep your closest friends and loved ones informed about issues that are important to you.
  • You do not have a reason to hide their HIV status.
  • You can get the most appropriate care.
  • You can reduce the chances of transmitting the disease to others.
  • In many countries, fortunately not in Brazil, but you may want to inquire about the laws of the country or countries that you want to live or even keep an affair because you can be found guilty of a felony for not telling a partner sex that you are HIV positive before having close contact.
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  • Congratulations on posting, queridão, but I would include the positives the fact that you can be sure of who is and who is not really your friend. That's when the rats abandon ship. lol Good morning!

Tell others can indeed be very bad because:

  • Others may find it difficult to accept their state of health.
  • Some people may discriminate against you because of your HIV status account.
  • You may be rejected in social situations or date and can be very painful experience a sense of rejection in love field.

You do not have to tell everyone.Take your time to decide who to tell and how you will approach from them. Make sure that you are ready.Once you tell someone you do not forget who are HIV positive.


Here are some things to think about when you are thinking of telling someone you HIV positive:

  • Know whyyou want to tell them. What do you want from them?
  • anticipatehis reaction. What is the best that can be expected? The worst thing you can have to deal with?
  • Prepare well, inquire about their personhood living with HIV, so you will give more security to this person [translator's note: Nothing worse this time is the person to ask something about the disease and you answer: "I do not know" ... ' ] That would eliminate the invoice immediately]. You may want to leave articles and websites with information about it or a phone number to dial the AIDS 0800 16 25 50 to the person you tell, so she can discover for itself.
  • Get support.Talk more with someone you trust and have a plan and avoid close contacts to this their condition.
  • Oilthe reaction. You can not control how others will deal with your news and in every way, maybe she might need more time to reconsider.


Contactees risk

duvidaPeople you may have exposed to HIV:It can be very difficult to do. Warn (...) their status to sexual partners or people you shared needles. However, it is very important that they / them know so that they can decide to test, because this is very important, helping to break the "transmission line" and, if they are diagnosed HIV positive, get the health care they need. The Department of Health can tell people that you can be exposed without using his name.

Employers:You can tell your employer if the HIV disease or treatment may interfere with their job performance and, REMEMBER: EMPLOYER HAS NO RIGHT TO TEST YOUR SEROLOGIES UPON ACCEPTANCE, EXAMINATION OR ANNUAL resigning. Get a letter from your doctor explaining what you need to do for your health (taking medications, rest periods, etc.). Talk to your boss or personnel director. Tell them you want to keep working and that changes may be necessary in your schedule or workload. Make sure they understand WHAT you want to keep their status confidential HIV.

People with disabilities are protected from discrimination in employment and under the Act. While you can do the essential functions of your job, your employer can not legally discriminate against you because their HIV status. When you apply for a new job, employers are not allowed to ask about your health or disability. They can only legally ask if you have any condition that might interfere with the essential functions of the job.

Members of the family:It can be difficult to decide whether to tell their parents, children or other relatives who are HIV positive. Many people fear that their families will be hurt or frustrated. Others findnotell parents will weaken their relationships and may need to keep them psychological support, giving them emotional and loving support they want. It can be very stressful to keep an important secret from people so close.

Family members may want to know how you were exposed (a) to HIV.

Deciding whether or how you will answer some questions about how you have been infected can be quite a daunting task and you can not even answer this question.

Remember, however, that his silence can give rise to many "summers on how you contracted HIV ...

Your relatives can enjoy knowing that you are getting good health care, you are taking care of yourself and about your support network.

health care providers:is your decision on whether or not you should tell a health care you have HIV. If your providers, including dentists, know that you have HIV, they should be able to give you more appropriate health care. All service providers should protect themselves from diseases carried in the blood of patients. If service providers are likely to come into contact with your blood, you can remind them to put gloves.

Social networking:Meetings can be very frightening for people with HIV. Fear of rejection prevents many people talk about their HIV status to HIV. Do not forget that every situation is different and you do not have to tell everybody. If you will not be in a situation where HIV could be transmitted, there is no need to say. Sooner or later in a relationship, it is important to talk about about their HIV status for HIV. The longer you wait, the harder it is to tell the truth. . (Translator's note I'll say, I remember that I was more than 11 months without at least get a hug This for several reasons. I "feared transmitting HIV" if to embrace someone, on the other hand, they spoke two different feelings, but similar:. lack and Querencia felt lacking in affection and needed to seek care, but where on the other hand, spoke the desire I wanted to go back to have sex, and both houses of?. support the vast majority were gay, and although I do not have anything to do with the way all exert sus sexualities, I do not I exercise my so and so, I was well and about three years in complete compulsory abstinence, and I was always a man sexually energetic as a man.

HIV Child School:you better have good communication about their child's HIV status. Meet with the principal and discuss school policy (which can not, under any circumstances refuse the registration of the child) and what actions to take because of some sudden event due to HIV. Be sure to talk about your legal child's right to confidentiality.

Translated by Claudio Souza's original Telling Others You're HIV Positive.

Review: Mara Macedo

Tip added Bob Volpe

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