Standing Up To Stigma
People living with HIV can date, have sex, get married, and have families like any other person. A positive HIV diagnosis does not put a hold on your partner, friend, or family member’s life. You can be their support system and stand up to the stigma.
In order to maintain a safe and healthy relationship with a person living with HIV, it is important to understand the basics of HIV and how to prevent exposure. Have open and honest conversations with your partner to get educated on what living with the condition means, and assure them that you want to be involved in their HIV care and management.
Listen to your loved one and offer support and reassurance. HIV is a manageable condition when properly treated and cared for.
Learn all that you can about HIV management, treatment, and care. As their partner, educate yourself about what HIV is, how it is transmitted, how it is treated, and how to stay healthy.
Last but not least, it is not only important that you support your loved ones health and medical routines, but also take care of yourself and get support if needed.
If you know a friend, family member, or co-worker that has tested positive for HIV, there are many things that you can do to help and support them. Don’t be afraid to ask how they are feelingGetting support from friends and family members can make a big difference for a person living with a highly stigmatized condition like HIV.
Educate others about HIV and HIV stigma
Sample social media posts
HIV service organziations can always use a lending hand with onsite or mobile testing events, fundraising activities, professional services, and administrative support. Reach out to see how you can get involved.
There are several HIV awareness related holidays throughout the year. Use these days as opportunities to raise awareness and encourage people to get tested or seek care.
Checkout the latest webinars, conferences, social media channels, and events to learn about the latest tools and resources in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.