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Disclosure and HIV

Posted on May 18, 2018

Disclosing your HIV status to a date, friend, or family member can be nerve-wracking. Too many people are uneducated about HIV and may respond with fear or ignorance. They may have questions that are difficult to ask and difficult to answer. It helps to arm yourself with facts about HIV and treatment and to get support from others with HIV who are also dealing with disclosure.

On myHIVteam, the social network and online support group for those living with HIV, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Disclosure is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about disclosure:

For those of you who have disclosed your status to your family, how did you do it and how did they take it?

Does anyone have problems with disclosure? How do people overcome it?

Is it hard for anyone else when it comes to dating and disclosure?

Here are some conversations about disclosure:

For those who saw my last post regarding disclosing my status to my potential partner, I got some news! I've told him and he's wasn't turned off by my status!

I feel like I have a moral obligation to disclose my HIV status to my friends as they are sometimes having unprotected sex. On the other hand, it will be difficult for me to live facing job loss and gossip etc. I just don't want other people to be less informed about HIV and make careless deeds that I did.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who responded to my post about going out on a date for the first time in like forever. I was super nervous, but it went ok.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myHIVyeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myHIVteam Member said:

I read this post an realized something... family has been so distance I went weeks thinking would I ever see them again. So I called because they; and I… read more

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