Deciding to tell others that you are HIV positive is an important personal choice. It can make a big difference in how you cope with the disease. It can also affect your relationships with people.

If you decide to share information about your diagnosis, it is best to tell people you trust or people who are directly affected. These include:

  • family members;
  • people you spend a lot of time with, such as good friends;
  • all your health care providers, such as doctors, nurses, and dentists;
  • sex partner(s).

You don’t have to tell everyone about your HIV status right away. You might want to talk with a counselor or social worker first.

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