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Telling Others You Have HIV

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Jahlove Serrano

Jahlove Serrano
Diagnosed in 2005

"One of the best responses that I got when I disclosed was that 'you're not alone.' And to hear that coming from somebody that didn't know me was definitely empowering. It meant in so many ways: You're not alone in fighting this; you're not alone in that people care about you; and you're not alone, period -- God is on your side."

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Read about how other people disclosed their HIV status.

The More They Know

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One of the problems with telling people you're HIV positive is that you also become their teacher. They may not know the first thing about the virus. And it's not their fault. HIV has not been taught very well throughout the U.S. and ignorance abounds. These resources can help them (and you!) learn some of the most important basic info about HIV:

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