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My Family Member Just Got Diagnosed With HIV

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Family member diagnosed with AIDS

Good afternoon, A few days ago my uncle ago told the family that he has had AIDS for at least 5 years. We are not sure if he has been taking care of it since he lives in Mexico. We know that at times he would not take any medicine. My question is:...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Hopefully your uncle has been monitoring his health status and has been taking medication if it is indicated. Antiretroviral medications absolutely play a major role both in restoring some degree of immune functioning and slowing progression. Once... Read more »
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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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michigan: Ferndale-Based Nonprofit Provides Support to Community Members Diagnosed With HIV/AIDS

The Ferndale, Mich., nonprofit Wings Michigan was formed to help individuals cope after they were diagnosed with HIV infection. With the help of donations, volunteers at Wings Michigan have provided a cottage retreat on the banks of Lake Huron for... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »