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Disclosure (Telling Others You Are HIV-Positive)

Last Updated: August 26, 2015

See Also: HIV Stigma, Discrimination, and Criminalization

General Information

Telling others you are HIV-positive. Fact sheet from AIDS InfoNet. Also available in Spanish.

Telling others about your HIV. Fact sheet from Project Inform. Also available in Spanish.

Disclosure and HIV. Fact sheet from thewellproject.org.

Dating and HIV. Fact sheet from thewellproject.org.

Telling Others You Have HIV/AIDS. Web page on thebody.com web site with links to many articles about disclosure.

Disclosing HIV-positive status to partners/dates. On-line "Ask the Experts" forum at theBody.com web site.

Talking with your children about HIV. Excerpt from There is Hope: Learning to Live with HIV, 2nd edition.

How does disclosure affect HIV prevention? Fact sheet from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. 

What is the role of disclosure assistance services in HIV prevention? Fact sheet from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Also available in Spanish.

Selected Recent Articles

People who don’t tell anyone else their HIV status have as good health outcomes as other people living with HIV.  Article dated May 1, 2015 from aidsmap.com.

Status disclosure patterns related to HIV care retention, viral load.  Article dated February 24, 2015 from Helio.com.

“You may have come into contact with…”: HIV Contact Tracing in Canada. Article dated Fall 2014 from Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

HIV prevention needs to support gay men to discuss HIV status and risk, especially in relationships.  Article dated July 9, 2014 from aidsmap.com.  

Gay men who discuss HIV status with sexual partners are less likely to acquire HIV.  Article dated June 18, 2014 from aidsmap.com.

Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex.  Article dated January 28, 2014 from aidsmap.com.

Many Women Living With HIV Fear Abuse After Disclosure, Lack Access and Support.   Article dated November 19, 2013 from TheBodyPRO.com.

Questions of law: Legal and health care issues for people living with HIV.  Article dated September/October from Positively Aware.

Hooked Up: Exploring HIV Disclosure Online.  Article dated September 28, 2013 from TheBodyPro.com.

The other side of disclosure.  Article dated July/August 2013 from Positively Aware.

Many people with HIV not disclosing at GUM clinics: estimates of undiagnosed infections may be too high.  Article dated February 19, 2013 from aidsmap.com.

Young gay men with HIV in the UK worry about disclosure, transmission and prosecution – older ones about confidence and sex.  Article dated November 7, 2012 from aidsmap.com.

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