Talking

People often don’t talk to many other people about HIV in their families.
You and your family may decide you do not want to tell other people about living with HIV. Being able to talk about your feelings and ask questions is a really important way of helping yourself feel and understand things better.

How can you talk to people in your family?

You could try writing down some of your feelings about HIV and perhaps some of your questions about the things you don’t understand. This is a good way to begin talking about things. If talking to a person about this still feels difficult, you could try putting these things in a letter to them. You don’t have to give it to them if you don’t want to, but writing it down is still a good way of helping yourself.

Who can you talk to outside of your family?

In the rest of this area there are specialist groups listed, but there may not be one in the area where you live, or you may just want to talk to someone. You could think about talking to a counsellor.

All counsellors have to keep the information you tell them confidential (not tell other people) unless you are about to be seriously hurt or about to seriously hurt someone. You may have school or college counsellors who you could book an appointment with. You can always first ask them, “when would you share information that I tell you?”, so you feel clear that this is a safe place to speak.

If you don’t want to use your school or college counsellor, you can look for a local youth service counsellor by searching for ‘youth counselling’ and the area where you live.

 

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