Beyond the Test
Okay, so after days, weeks, or months of worrying that you might have been infected with HIV, you've taken your 3-month test and are sitting in a room with a counselor who looks at you with basset-hound eyes and tells you the bad news. Besides going into deer-caught-in-the-headlights shock, what do you do next?
First, cry, yell, curl up into a ball -- whatever you do, be in your Truth with it. Denial won't do you any good and you might as well begin this journey accepting, even embracing, the intensity of the emotions you're feeling.
Next, decide whether you're going to tell your family, friends, sexual partner(s), boss, etc. Of course, it's up to you to decide who to share this information with, but one thing to think about is that the only way stigma and discrimination can survive is by being perpetuated by the shame and secrecy of those it targets. It may seem inconceivably hard, but if you don't act ashamed, it will be harder for others to make you feel that way.View Full Article
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