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Helping An Hiv Positive Family Member

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Jamaica Program Aims to Help Older Family Members Provide Care for HIV-Positive Children

The Jamaica Gleaner on Monday profiled a program in the western part of the country aimed at improving the treatment outcomes of HIV-positive children. According to the Gleaner , "the burden of care" for many children living with and affected by... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Family Matters: Programs for HIV-Positive Families

There are more than 1,500 children and youth living with HIV in Canada. Yet, in many parts of the country, finding supports for them is still very challenging. Though a lack of funds limits what many AIDS service organizations (ASOs) can provide,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Positive Cambodians Evicted From Phnom Penh Homes

To make way for a Ministry of Tourism garden, 20 families with HIV-positive members have been evicted from their homes and moved outside of the city, reports the Phnom Penh Post . The newspaper writes, "Despite municipal officials claiming that... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Just Learned that Family Member is HIV positive

Just today I learned that my favorite Uncle is HIV positive. I am 15 years old and my mother decided that today it was appropriate to radomly spit out that my Uncle has AIDS. I don't know any details or for how long he has had, and only my...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
You need to speak to your mother about how you feel. Your reaction is a sign of depression, and she should help you find a mental health professional, like a psychologist or psychiatrist, who can evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate... Read more »

what can we do for family member that is HIV and is in denial

My uncle is HIV positive right now he is in the hospital for a stomach problem. He tries to keep it all secret. He has a problem with people thinking he is gay and that is why he has HIV but he is not gay and now has many girlfriends -- too many I...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
If he wishes to keep his HIV status secret how did you come to find out about it? If he has honestly talked about having HIV with people in the family then all you can do is tell him that it does not matter to you or anyone else in the family how he... Read more »

family member with hiv

My sister has been infected with HIV since 1990, I think. She has a son who is now 14. She is a very heavy drinker and very emotional. She also has grande mal seizure. She depends upon her son to help her when she is sick. I worry about him....
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Your sister is ill. She suffers from alcohol dependence, HIV infection, a seizure disorder and a psychiatric disorder. Her psychiatric problem contributes to her self-destructive behavior. I don't know if she ever sought psychiatric treatment... Read more »

since this fom existes u r almost a family member to me. Can you just reply to me? (ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF RECURRENT IRRATIONAL HIV FEARS, 2010)

Dear Dr Bob,As promised I made my donation with ref nr.XXXXXXXXXX. Not much I know but i will donate again when I am available.I am very thankful that you replied my e-mail and gave the reassurance.I went to the pre-IVF testing with what you said in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Talk to your HIV specialist. He should be able to put you on temporary medical leave due to the medication side effects. That way you won't lose any of your benefits. You may not need to leave your job. Perhaps work restrictions or other... Read more »
Connect With Others

Should I tell family members????

Posted by MetroMN, 2 Replies
I was diagnosed in August 2008 and have debated on telling my family members I am HIV+. Does anyone recommend telling immediate family or not telling them? My wife is the only one that knows. Read more »

family members afraid

Posted by koko, 6 Replies
I need some suggestions here. My father has AIDS and my sister (whose only 4) may be HIV pos. They are both visiting from out of town and I've noticed a lot of ignorance when it comes to 2 of my family members and how it's spread. Please someone,... Read more »

My Son has AIDS....I need help with family members

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Greetings! My 32 year old middle son has AIDS. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1998. My mother died that year and when he came to the funeral after having lived in New Orleans for quite sometime, I could tell a difference in him. He has denied being... Read more »

Telling family please help!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone have any ideas on how to tell family members that you might be HIV positive? I got tested a week ago and results will come in, in two weeks. My mom knows but my dad and other family members dont. My dad and other family members live in a... Read more »