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Preparing to Tell Others You're HIV Positive

By Bonnie Goldman

January 14, 2009

Advice on Telling Others You’re Positive

Bernadette Berzoza

Bernadette Berzoza
Diagnosed in 1989

"When I told a friend I was positive, she got up off her chair and hugged me. I think at that time, that's all I needed. I needed to see that -- even though I had this dreaded disease that everyone was saying was so terrible and only bad people got -- I could still get some affection, care or concern from somebody else."

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Joseph

Joseph
Diagnosed 1995

When Joseph told his family, they were "shocked, and there were a lot of tears. But there was also a lot of support from cousins and aunts and my brothers and sisters. ? There are a lot of people out there in this world who haven't read about HIV, who haven't really looked into it. They make comments that don't make any sense, whereas my family members and friends, they went and studied HIV."

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Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga

Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga
Diagnosed in 2000

"When I told my parents that I was positive, they said, 'You are our daughter, and we love you and we will love you, three months, six years, 10 days ... whatever the time you will live, we will be with you.'"

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How do you tell friends or family that you have been diagnosed with HIV? It's one of the greatest challenges you'll face -- and it's not something to rush into if you're not ready. There are some important personal steps you should take before you disclose your status to others.




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