AIDS and HIV Information

Do You Need To Let Everyone
Know That You Are HIV Positive

Letting others know about your AIDS diagnosis is a very important step in your treatment. Your healthcare professional will go over the health reasons why it is imperative that you inform all of your sexual contacts that you are HIV positive. There are other reasons and other people that you need to inform about your HIV status.

Who are these people who struggle with the need to let others know of their diagnosis? They are largely, young people. Prevention methods fail, for many reasons: failure to be consistent in using condoms, the 2% breakage rate of condoms, using types of condoms other than the Latex kind, participating in too many risky activities that exposure you and others to the AIDS virus.

The statistics are staggering - The United Nations Population Fund has stated, "that the HIV/AIDS has become a young people's disease in that every 14 seconds worldwide, between the ages of 15 and 24 there will be 6,000 young people infected with the AIDS virus."

That is an alarming statistic. All these young people worldwide being infected, seeking questions about what is happening to them, discovering their diagnosis, and seeking what to do next.

Did You Know? 

Since 1981 when the HIV and Aids was first recognized as something new in the medical world, researchers and scientists have been working to learn as much about the new disease as possible.

So far they have determined the virus is spread by contact with another contaminated person’s body fluids. This could be through contact with blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. Once the body has the HIV virus it begins to produce more HIV particles and these begin attacking the T-cells. The T-cells or CD4 cells burst and that allows the virus to enter the bloodstream and invade other cells.

You should already know the difference between HIV and AIDS. HIV is a subgroup of retroviruses that cause AIDS. The virus kills cells in the body’s immune system and progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight infections. This inability to fight off infections also affects some cancers too. HIV gradually gets worse until the body is no longer able to fight off the infections and other bacteria that would normally not make people sick.

These opportunistic infections will attack the body and could be potentially life threatening. AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It was first recognized in New York City in 1981. The virus was isolated and identified in 1983, but it wasn’t until 1985 that a diagnostic test was developed to test for the disease.

Here are the positive reasons to tell others:

By doing so, you will receive positive support.

It is easier to keep friends and family updated if they all know.

You don't have to hide anymore.

You can openly seek they best medial care available.

The chances to transmit the disease to others will decrease because others will know.

You can avoid a felony conviction if you are found to be guilty of not telling a sexual partner that you are HIV positive and you have sexual contact with them.

Reasons You May Wish to Hold Off Telling:

To give yourself a little time to understand why you need to tell certain people that your are HIV positive.

To be able to analyze how they will react and thus be prepared for it.

Gather support for before, during and after.

Acceptance that you won't be able to control how they react.


AIDS Facts

Since the disease was first discovered in 1981, there have been over 60 million people all around the world that have been infected with the HIV virus.

It has also taken the lives of more than 20 million people, many who live in underdeveloped countries, especially in parts of Africa.

It may be difficult for you to tell those you are close with. You will need to tell your sexual partners, your employer, family members, and your friends. They should all be relieved that you are taking care of yourself. These people may turn out to be some of your best support members.

You should tell all of your health care providers including your dentist so they can give you proper care. If you have an HIV positive child, you will need to inform their school and any organizations that they belong to: sports, after school programs etc., you should not just tell them the news, you should provide them with valuable information and resources to find more information about AIDS.

This information will give them the means to feel comfortable around your child, and to answer any questions they may have concerning physical contact with your child; so in turn your child will remain comfortable participating in school and other activities.



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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
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Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
Juicings Possible Benefits To The Person With HIV
What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
Oh No I have AIDS
The Staggering AIDS Statistics
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Aids And The Toll On Families
Immunization Needs For Adult AIDS Patients
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
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