How To Tell Other
People You Are HIV Positive
Becoming infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus can be a difficult process to deal with. You need to
make many lifestyle changes and work hard to keep your condition under control. One problem that plagues
many people with the disease is talking to others about the fact that they are HIV positive.
In this article, we’ll offer some tips that can help to make it easier to tell someone that you are infected.
One thing that you need to realize when learning to cope with the disease is that it can actually be helpful to
let others know about your condition. Many see it only a negative light, fearing the fallout of what telling others
may cause. Focus on the positive aspects; when someone knows about your problem, they can help you to deal with it
by offering compassion and a helping hand. You shouldn’t worry about ‘hiding’ your problem, as it will only be
detrimental to your psyche.
One important thing to remember is that if you know you have HIV and you knowingly transmit it to another person
via unprotected sex, you may be charged with a felony. It is crucial to inform your sexual partners that you are
HIV positive for your sake as well as for your partner’s sake.
Although there can be benefits to telling others, it doesn’t mean that you have to tell everyone. Some people may
discriminate against you due to the disease, so when you decide that you are ready to tell someone about the
disease you should carefully consider how and when to tell them. Consider the possible reactions that they might
have so that you can become more confident of what to expect from the conversation. Also, ensure that you know all
of the basics of the disease so that you can help them to better understand what you face and you can answer any
questions that they might have.
Did You Know?
In today’s enlightened world we know that AIDS is spread through direct contact
with body fluids of people who have been infected with HIV. You can get AIDS from practicing unsafe
sex, from having multiple sexual partners, or born to or breast-fed from an HIV-positive woman.
It is rare for someone to get AIDS by having a contaminated organ donation or from
contact with unsanitary dental equipment. You can be infected by sharing contaminated needles with
other drug users, having sexually transmitted diseases or by having a contaminated blood
transfusion before 1985.
The AIDS virus can go undetected for over ten years but it is destroying the immune
system without your knowledge. Remember to be safe! You can get AIDS by both homosexual and
heterosexual sexual activity. Take precautions with all of your sexual partners.
If you are a member of the medical profession, take extra precautions to not touch
a patient’s bodily fluids.
They may ask you questions regarding how you became infected, so prepare for them and think about what aspects
of the disease you feel comfortable speaking with the person about. It’s a very serious conversation to have and
you should do all that you can to make it go as easily as possible. This level of preparedness will pay off when it
comes to actually getting around to telling the person.
When you tell someone about your disease, they might not have the reaction that you expect them to have. Inevitably
and unfortunately, some people simply don’t know how to deal with the news. You need to remember that fact and
accept their reactions regardless of what they may be since it is out of your control.
Aids and HIV is currently infecting more heterosexuals than homosexuals because the
gay community has become far more aware of safer sex practices.
Practice safer sex if you have more than one sexual partner or if you are in a new
relationship. Get yourself tested regularly.
If you’ve had a bad experience with letting someone know about the illness, you may want to
consider joining a support group. By meeting with people who face similar circumstances, you may be able to better
cope with the illness. While being HIV-positive is a difficult thing to handle, it is not impossible to maintain a
happy life with a little hard work and effort.