I asked this question 3 years ago. Many people have joined since then.
I can honestly say no I haven't.
Over the years I was very careful to "test the waters" so to speak, when I was younger, maybe telling one person, I felt I could trust, say where I worked, and if it got around I knew it would come back to me.
I was selective. But that was when things were newer.
Now, frankly, I'm old enough (going on 70) and I can say pretty much anything about it, and no problem. If someone has an issue with it, that's their problem and I don't need them in my life anyway. I don't have any use for their negativity.
I've posted it on Facebook and no negative response.
But remember, it's how YOU feel about it and what you want to do with it.
With much love and many hugs to you, my HIV family!!! 💖💜💙💚💛🧡❤🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗💖
Well, the lady who came in from the Health Department to the jail to give me my poz result was very supportive. My family was not in my life mostly because I had chased them away with my alcoholism and drug addiction. She told me I should use my story to help other women possibly not become infected and I wanted so much to become someone POSITIVE pun not intended, because I started my recovery from drugs and alcohol just the month before and had realized how much I had hurt so many people that I just wanted to help people. So I went on the news and spoke all over about my diagnosis. I realize now that it could have made things harder on myself for dating and other things but I don't regret what I did. Many women have looked at the way I talked to them about finding out the way I did about my diagnosis and thought I was brave. LOL jokes on them...it helped me in a thousand different ways to be totally open about it. Not that I am saying anyone else should or shouldn't be open. This is in MY case only. I never got treated badly by anyone for them knowing and I was in a drug treatment program. After I got out of jail, I went to my son's house on an ankle monitor, because he felt sorry for me, not because he loved me. He didn't love the woman who neglected him most of his life. But we have a great relationship now, because I am not that woman anymore. I have done tons of work on myself so I could be a woman to be proud of and lovable. All of my living children trust me with their children now and my son who was murdered also had a good relationship with me before he was killed. He called me the night he was murdered, hours before and asked me if I was proud of him. I got the opportunity to tell him yes and that I loved him. Truly I am a blessed woman. Even my mom was proud of me before she died. Sorry, that ended up kinda long, but essentially because I got clean at the same time as I was diagnosed, I got great relationships out of it. Hard to say if the diagnose changed me or if the recovery did.
I love all the testimonials.
It's your life and no one else's.
Everyone has an opinion.
Couple of instant blocks / ignores but did anticipate that prior disclosing so no hurt / harm received... However differently some negs may look at or treat us, just don't discriminate yourself.