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How Families Deal With A Family Member With Hiv

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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... Read more »

HIV+family members

A child is coming to visit us who we know is HIV, what precausions do we need to use concerning... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

IRIN Examines Resistance to Have Children Tested for HIV Among Family Members in Burkina Faso

IRIN examines how the refusal by families to test their children for HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso masks the epidemic and keeps life-saving drugs out of the hands of at-risk children. The article includes information about ongoing efforts to educate... Read more »
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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Half of Families of Libyan HIV-Positive Children Oppose Negotiations in Case of Alleged Intentional Infection by Bulgarian Nurses

About half of the family members of the more than 400 HIV-positive Libyan children who were allegedly intentionally infected by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor oppose any negotiations with the Bulgarian government regarding the case,... 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 »
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Requesting a family member to get tested.

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
So here's the deal. My wife and I have two beautiful little ones, 1 and 3. We also have the holidays coming up, and a family visitor that engages in what we would consider to be very risky sexual behaviour. I don't need anyone to tell me anything... 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 »

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 »

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 »