As a close relative
Being close to someone living with HIV
Good things to consider;
You who are a partner, parent, friend, relative or otherwise affected by HIV may also need support in how you handle the situation. Maybe you need someone to talk to or you need more information about HIV? Ignorance affects people living with HIV negatively, therefore it is important to talk openly about HIV and spread knowledge.
An important piece of advice for you as a relative is to listen actively. Trying to put your own values aside and listen, show interest and ask questions. But it is also important to understand that the person who received their HIV diagnosis may not want to, or be ready to tell. The situation is difficult, but regardless of whether the person shared or not, it is important to just be there as a friend, parent, sibling, or partner.
We at Noaks Ark Göteborg & Västra Götaland have personnel and volunteers with extensive expertise, experience, and commitment. You who are close can be important for the person living with HIV, but you too may need support. At Noaks Ark you can meet others in the same situation, get help and advice, information or just take part in the community. Get in touch if you need to talk to someone or if you need to discuss how to handle the situation.