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Word on the Street: Experiences Disclosing One's HIV Status

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Esmeralda, Oakland, Calif.; Diagnosed in 1998

My kids were around eight and nine years old, and one day we told them I was HIV positive. I thought it was time. I've always been with them. I always took them with me when I went to groups. I always took my pills in front of them. I never hid anything from them. They didn't know what I was taking medicines for, or what the groups were that I went to. Sometimes at the support groups, doctors would explain about HIV, about medicine and things like that. My children would hear, but they never came to me and asked anything about why I went to these groups.

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