How to share your HIV positive status?
Deciding to tell other people about your HIV status can be a big deal.
Some people may need to share the news when it is fresh, soon after diagnosis, others may prefer to wait a while, until they feel ready. Either way, sharing your HIV positive status is your decision. The Positive Perspective Study found that support from peers and community organisations can help people living with HIV build confidence and feel empowered in their care. You are not alone in deciding whom, when and how to share your HIV status. It may help to find out about others’ personal stories of sharing their undetectable HIV status.
When you do decide to tell someone, it may help to think about who, when and how you tell them. Find out more...
Telling others about living with HIV: the Story of Paida and Mavis
Paida is 20 years old and living with HIV. When she was just 11, Paida found out that her mother, Mavis, had transmitted the infection to her at birth. After years of hiding her diagnosis, Paida finally publicly disclosed her status. The courage to face the stigma at such a young age set her “free” and allowed her to understand HIV and her treatment options. This is their story.