Sharing your HIV diagnosis
There are many groups that will help you through sharing your HIV diagnosis – like us at Effective Treatment Africa – if you are afraid to disclose, get in touch with us. We can help!
When you first learn that you are HIV positive, one of the immediate, dreaded thoughts that can come to mind is this: How will I ever tell my family and friends that I’m positive? What will they think of me? How do you go about sharing your HIV diagnosis
What usually follows is a barrage of what-if scenarios of rejection and shame that flood your head space, all before you utter those three little letters out loud. The trauma caused by these theoretical nightmares is often enough to keep you second-guessing who to tell and who to keep quiet around for far longer than it should.
Sharing your HIV diagnosis with someone you trust can help you process your thoughts and emotions.
If you are worried about telling people that you have HIV, you’re not alone. For many people living with HIV, particularly when they have just been diagnosed, telling other people is one of their main concerns. Unfortunately, in many communities, there is stigma attached to HIV, and it may be that some of the people you know do not really understand what it means to have HIV. They may not understand how it is passed on, be afraid, or judgmental.
The best way to stay healthy and manage your virus well is to create a support system of people who you love and trust. In order to do that, you need to overcome your fears and come out about your status to those who are important in your life. To help you get there, here are a few ways to make the process easier.
It’s up to you to decide who you tell. You may decide you want to be completely open about your HIV status, or you may decide to only tell a small number of people close to you – it’s your choice, but it is very important that you at least know your HIV status and share information with your doctor. The best way to talk to others is to firstly arm yourself with all the knowledge you need to answer any questions. Rmemeber, Stigma normally comes from fear or poor knowledge about HIV.