Being diagnosed with HIV can be a critical blow to a person’s sense of self-worth. But it does not mean we are dirty or unlovable; it just means we have a chronic illness we are living with until there is a cure. Nevertheless, in the mean time, you still have to live your life: date, get married, etc. So, how is your technique different with others in how you disclose you HIV status?
I am looking for examples of positive and healthy ways to disclose one’s HIV status if he/she is HIV+. Please do your best and be honest with your story. If you are not HIV positive, how would you prefer someone to disclose their HIV status? Please send your story to this address:firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will pick the best five disclosure stories and publish them in my next article. Please be serious as this may help others learn how to disclose their status if they are newly HIV+.
- Op-ed: When Is the Right Time to Tell Your HIV Status on a Date? (advocate.com)
- The Political and Legal Power of Identity: Coming Out as HIV-Positive (towleroad.com)
- Atli Stannard on Criminalization of Failure to Disclose HIV-Positive Status in Canada (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- What’s Your Status? Talking Clearly About STIs (disruptingdinnerparties.wordpress.com)
- Telling somebody: ‘I have HIV’ (hivpolicyspeakup.wordpress.com)
- Poll: Would you date someone who was HIV+? (prideinmadness.wordpress.com)
- What Really Works to Prevent HIV? (inphasemag.com)
- Know Your HIV Status (blackamericaweb.com)