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Disclosure (Telling Others You Are HIV-Positive)

Last Updated: February 22, 2016

See Also: HIV Stigma, Discrimination, and Criminalization

General Information (Mostly Fact Sheets)

Telling Others You Are HIV-Positive (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version

Telling Others About Your HIV (Project Inform) and Spanish version

Disclosure and HIV (The Well Project)

Dating and HIV (The Well Project)

Telling Others You Have HIV/AIDS (TheBody) - web page with links to many articles about disclosure

Disclosing HIV-positive status to partners/dates (TheBody) - on-line "Ask the Experts" forum

Talking with your children about HIV - excerpt from There is Hope: Learning to Live with HIV;  although this publication is old, the information it contains may still be helpful for parents

Selected Recent Articles

The enduring power of stigma – understanding why HIV-positive gay men don’t disclose their status.  (September 2015, AIDSmap)

People who don’t tell anyone else their HIV status have as good health outcomes as other people living with HIV.  (May 2015, AIDSmap)

Status disclosure patterns related to HIV care retention, viral load.  (February 2015, Healio)

“You may have come into contact with…”: HIV Contact Tracing in Canada. (Fall 2014, CATIE)

HIV prevention needs to support gay men to discuss HIV status and risk, especially in relationships.  (July 2014, AIDSmap)  

Gay men who discuss HIV status with sexual partners are less likely to acquire HIV.  (June 2014, AIDSmap)

Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex.  (January 2014, AIDSmap)

Many Women Living With HIV Fear Abuse After Disclosure, Lack Access and Support.   (November 2013, TheBodyPro)

Questions of law: Legal and health care issues for people living with HIV.  (September/October 2013, Positively Aware)

Hooked Up: Exploring HIV Disclosure Online.  (September 2013, TheBodyPro)

The other side of disclosure.  (July/August 2013, Positively Aware)

Many people with HIV not disclosing at GUM clinics: estimates of undiagnosed infections may be too high.  (February 2013, AIDSmap)

Young gay men with HIV in the UK worry about disclosure, transmission and prosecution – older ones about confidence and sex.  (November 2012, AIDSmap)

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