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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Rashad Scott

Rashad Scott, COMHAR's Community Living Room, Philadelphia

What I would say to someone who was newly diagnosed as HIV positive: I think the biggest thing is to be earnest and honest and sincere with a person, and encourage them that they can live with the disease by giving some examples.

It's very difficult to find exactly the right words to say, because it's a loss. Someone's going through loss and grief at that time, and we all know that there aren't really any right words to say. But to be a presence and to listen would be the first thing to do.

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