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To Tell or Not? Disclosure Should Be Made to Measure

September/October 2011

Deciding to tell someone your HIV status can be nerve-wracking. It's a double-edged sword that can help you, but it might also hurt you.

The benefit of disclosing to your loved ones, of course, is the chance to gain their support and a sense of relief and freedom, both good for your health. By not telling, when you would like to, you may increase your sense of burden and isolation.

Among the risks is rejection. Worse, people may repeat your disclosure to others, though in many places, disclosing someone else's status is against the law. Letting people know about that may help keep them quiet about your status.

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TheBody.com's Just Diagnosed Resource Center
Telling Others You're HIV Positive
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