Living with HIV

HIV Diagnosis and Support

Receiving a diagnosis can be challenging. ViiV Healthcare undertook an international survey called Positive Perspectives that asked 1,111 PLHIV about their diagnosis. Here you can discover more about the emotional support that participants received from their doctor at diagnosis, who else they turned to for emotional support and where they find support today.

1 Take a look at the types of emotional support that the 1,111 PLHIV who took part in the Positive Perspectives survey found most useful1

How much support was offered at diagnosis?

68%

of participants indicated that they were offered support, referred for counselling or informed about support services by their doctor at diagnosis

Who else provided support at diagnosis?

45%

of participants turned to a close friend for emotional support immediately following diagnosis

Who do PLHIV turn to for support today?

32%

of PLHIV would turn to their main HIV specialist for emotional support, based on their current needs today

  • 2 See below how this 68% (759) of PLHIV who received emotional support at diagnosis differs by region, gender, age and sexual orientation:
  • 2 See below how this 45% (502) of PLHIV who turned to a close friend for emotional support immediately following diagnosis differs by region, gender, age and sexual orientation:
  • 2 See below how this 32% (360) of PLHIV who would turn to their main HIV specialist for emotional support today differs by region, gender, age and sexual orientation:

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The Positive Perspectives survey report

You can download the Positive Perspectives survey report here. This report is focused on the attitudes and perspectives of PLHIV around diagnosis, disclosure, treatment and communicating with your doctor. New partner/significant other perspectives coming in 2018!

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Perceptions from participants that took part in the Positive Perspectives survey

Your stories related to diagnosis

What is the first question that comes into your head when you hear you have HIV?

Listen to what Paida asked

Paida Mutopo is 20 years old and living with HIV. When she was just 11, Paida found out that her mother had transmitted the infection to her so she was born with HIV. Paida has become an inspirational role model to other young people who are similarly struggling through adolescence with HIV.

VIEW PAIDA'S FULL STORY

How did you tell your parents about your positive status?

Hear from Guillermo about his experience

Guillermo’s diagnosis came as a devastating shock to both him and his family. Disclosing his status to his friends, and the support they subsequently gave him, has been critical to his life’s journey and accepting his HIV status.

VIEW GUILERMO'S FULL STORY

How did it feel when your partner is diagnosed?

Hear Somchai’s reaction

Somchai is George’s partner and does not have HIV. When a doctor turns around and says you have HIV, but aren’t going to die because of it, that’s the first time Somchai felt that everything was going to be OK for him and George.

VIEW GEORGE'S FULL STORY

References

  1. Murungi A, et al. Experience of living with HIV: Diagnosis & Disclosure – findings from the Positive Perspectives study. Presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017), 23‑26 July 2017, Paris, France. Abstract: WEPED1423