Your Answers: The Worst HIV Advice (Infographic) | myHIVteam

Connect with others who understand.

sign up Log in
Resources
About myHIVteam
Powered By

Your Answers: The Worst HIV Advice (Infographic)

Posted on May 14, 2017

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and many of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("It's not so bad, right?") to the plain unhelpful ("Try to rest more"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.




Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • But you don't look sick!
  • Think more positively.
  • Try to rest more.
  • I'm SO sorry!
  • Have you tried natural supplements?
  • It's not so bad, right?
  • Try to relax.
  • But you look fine!
  • Maybe you should keep to yourself for a while...


Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about HIV do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

Posted on May 14, 2017
All updates must be accompanied by text or a picture.

We'd love to hear from you! Please share your name and email to post and read comments.

You'll also get the latest articles directly to your inbox.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Related Articles

If you or a loved one has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you might have heard about preexpos...

5 Reasons Straight People Should Talk About PrEP

If you or a loved one has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you might have heard about preexpos...
Living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can often feel like inhabiting two worlds simu...

Has Having HIV Split the Public You From the Private You?

Living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can often feel like inhabiting two worlds simu...
When you’re living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it’s normal to wonder if your eve...

Caffeine and HIV: Should You Drink Coffee and Energy Drinks?

When you’re living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it’s normal to wonder if your eve...
Has living with HIV or AIDS prevented you from getting a job or earning gainful income for yourse...

Do You Qualify for HIV Disability? 4 Things To Know

Has living with HIV or AIDS prevented you from getting a job or earning gainful income for yourse...
Finding out that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HI...

5 Programs To Assist Undocumented Immigrants Who Have HIV

Finding out that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HI...
Living well with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) means finding opportunities to enjoy everythi...

Traveling and HIV: 9 Tips

Living well with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) means finding opportunities to enjoy everythi...

Recent Articles

Living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can leave you wondering whether certain activi...

Getting a Tattoo With HIV: 6 Facts You Should Know

Living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can leave you wondering whether certain activi...
If you take antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV, you may wonder how to manage your medicati...

HIV Meds in Different Time Zones: Taking Pills While Traveling

If you take antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV, you may wonder how to manage your medicati...
If you’re living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you may wonder whether you got it from ...

Can Straight People Get HIV? Risk of Infection From Vaginal Sex

If you’re living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you may wonder whether you got it from ...
In a recent survey of myHIVteam members, respondents discussed the impact HIV can have on their m...

Living With HIV

In a recent survey of myHIVteam members, respondents discussed the impact HIV can have on their m...
For centuries, people from a variety of cultures worldwide have practiced fasting to promote phys...

Fasting and HIV: Can It Help?

For centuries, people from a variety of cultures worldwide have practiced fasting to promote phys...
Modern antiretroviral therapy (ART) — the term for HIV treatment regimens — has come a long way o...

Injectables for HIV Treatment and Prevention: How They Work

Modern antiretroviral therapy (ART) — the term for HIV treatment regimens — has come a long way o...
myHIVteam My HIV Team

Thank you for subscribing!

Become a member to get even more:

sign up for free

close