Most people living with HIV think carefully about whether or not to tell people that they have HIV (sometimes called disclosure). People often make different choices in relation to friends, family, children, sexual partners, employers and others.

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  • ‘Demeaning’ to portray counsellor as HIV-positive sex worker – Kenyan court

    Though the world is moving towards de-stigmatising HIV/AIDS, it is still not difficult to imagine a court awarding damages to someone who is publicly – but either without their permission or else incorrectly – said to be living with the condition.

    11 April 2019 | Legal Brief
  • Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

    New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

    18 March 2019 | New York Times
  • Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

    Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

    05 March 2019 | BBC
  • Relationship counseling encourages couples HIV testing

    Lynae Darbes, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, developed an intervention designed to improve the likelihood that couples will decide to engage in HIV testing together. The idea was that providing relationship skills to couples would improve their communication and their relationship in general, and this would in turn improve their ability to talk about sex and HIV--as well as HIV testing.

    08 February 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • How would you tell your child they are HIV-positive?

    When having ‘the talk’ is about more than just the ‘birds and bees’.

    30 November 2018 | Health-e
  • MP reveals he is HIV positive in move to tackle stigma

    Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s personal Commons speech highlights advances in treating condition

    30 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Jackie Morton – Disclosure? No exposure!

    Sharing your HIV status ought to be a personal choice in every case and our decision not to disclose our status to our two sons survived for nine years until my admission to hospital on 5 November 2018 following a heart attack.

    22 November 2018 | EATG
  • Why we should no longer talk about ‘disclosing’ our HIV status

    Alongside the emotionally liberating and sexually freeing U = U message, there’s no place for the stigmatising language of HIV ‘disclosure’ anymore, says HIV peer mentor Rob Hammond.

    15 November 2018 | AVERT
  • What I’ve learned about online dating as a woman living with HIV

    My advice to someone who is newly diagnosed and looking to date is to take your time. Get your head around living with HIV, and then step out into the world of dating.

    02 August 2018 | The i
  • Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

    There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

    12 July 2018 | Irish Times
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