5 ways to support someone living with HIV
Having a solid support structure when you’re living with HIV is important because it can make this journey a little easier to deal with. If you know someone who is living with HIV, here are 5 ways that you can support them.
Talk to them
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt better after speaking to someone about something that brought your spirit down? Well, that’s one way to show support to someone living with HIV.
Be available to have to talk and have honest conversations about HIV. Try not to be judgmental because opening up about their status may not be easy, so follow their lead and don’t be too pushy.
Listen to them
Finding out that you have to live with HIV is life changing, and it is understandable why it might be a tough pill to swallow. Be there for your loved one by offering your support and lending them your ear so they can express themselves, and most importantly, be patient with them.
Learn about HIV
HIV stigma exists because many people still don’t know much about it. Take it upon yourself to learn about HIV - things like what it is, how it can be transmitted and how it can be managed.
Having a solid understanding of the virus can help you with all the necessary information to show your support. Read this article to understand how you can avoid stigma- especially when you want to help a loved one.
Living with HIV is not easy because you’d have to take your medication for the rest of your life, and have to deal with different types of stigma.
It would be in your loved one’s best interest to reassure them that their status doesn’t change your relationship with them and that you support them, no matter what. Show them some love especially on the days when they don’t have enough love for themselves.
When someone finds out that they’re HIV positive, taking the first step to start their treatment can be the hardest because they might be in shock or scared of what people will say. Your support can encourage them to start treatment so they live a long and healthy life. Let your loved ones know that HIV can be managed if they take their medication as prescribed, and they should not let the virus define them!
We all need a support system from time to time. Even when it’s hard, don’t give up on your support for your loved one, because your support might actually save their life.
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