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Telling Others You're HIV Positive: How'd You Do It?

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Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks

Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks, Washington, D.C.; Diagnosed in 1985

My relationships are good. I didn't hide anything. I told them when I found out, when I was in the hospital.

It's important to build a support system around you before you get sick. If you got sick right now, you should know you could call one person, and they know everybody to call.

Don't assume family and friends will not love you. Most of the time, you will be quite surprised -- they come around and are there for you. If they're not, it's better to find out while you're healthy than when you're ill. I tell people, "Take the power out of a secret: Tell it."

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