Disclosing a diagnosis of HIV to others is typically a very difficult and stressful undertaking for people living with the disease. Because of the lingering stigmas and misconceptions about HIV and the people suffering from it, it’s hard to know how others will react to the disclosure. Others’ reactions depend much on their education and understanding of the disease. The absence of this knowledge can lead to hurtful behavior from loved ones and others, often at a time when those who have been diagnosed are the most vulnerable and are most in need of support.
In this video people living with HIV candidly talk about how and when they disclosed their HIV status to their loved ones. They share stories from their experiences, some that are heartbreaking and others that are heartwarming. They also offer some tips, and some hope, for anyone who might be struggling with disclosing their HIV status to the loved ones in their own lives.