Friends


Whether to tell your friends about your HIV diagnosis will depend upon your relationship with them. Often, confiding in a good friend can be an invaluable source of support. If you haven't shared much personal information with friends in the past you might not want to tell them about your HIV status. But if there is someone who has previously been helpful, this person could be supportive now.
Deciding which friends to tell might also depend upon culture and religion. For example, in some Malay cultures people are afraid or they believe myths considering HIV such as ways of getting HIV. In addition, friends from any culture and religion may have incorrect information about HIV and treat you differently or unkindly. If you think your friend might react like this, it may be easier for you to get support from an HIV organisation or a peer support group.
There is support available for your friends, family and partners even if they don't have HIV. They can contact PT Foundation for advice, information and emotional support and can also access the PT Foundation counselling service. It is also important to think about the timing of your disclosure. Someone may be hurt to find out about your HIV diagnosis after other people have been told but in other cases it will do no harm for them to find out later.
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