96% of people in one study said they had told at least 1 person about their HIV-positive status.
Source: Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 2012.
Sharing helps. Studies show that people who tell family members about being HIV-positive do better with treatment than people who don't share their status.
It's very important to
share your status with:
- Anyone you may have had sex with after being exposed to HIV
- Your healthcare provider
- Anyone you have ever shared a needle with
You've got rights
If an employer or co-worker knows your status and you feel you're being discriminated against, there are steps you can take. See Business and Labor Respond to AIDS-HIV is Still at Work.
I decided to volunteer
at an ASO in Atlanta.
You can inspire people in the HIV community by showing them they can live very positive lives. Here are some ways to share the strength. Talk to your ASO professional and find your way to share your strength.
- Peer counseling
- Community groups
- HIV walks
- Community outreach
- Hotline volunteer
- ASO volunteer
- HIV test counselor