Supporting a loved one with HIV
People living with HIV (PLHIV) often require the love and support of specific people for a variety of personal reasons. If someone has disclosed to you that they are living with HIV, thank them for trusting you with their health information. And always remember, they are the only person who can decide if or when they choose to disclose their HIV status to anyone else.
The scientific understanding of HIV transmission and antiretroviral treatment has evolved considerably over the past few years and HIV is NOT a death sentence; in fact, there is a global excitement that we can finally optimistically say HIV is different now!
With modern treatment options, some PLHIV only need to take one pill a day and will live a long, near-normal life expectancy. Long gone are the days where people were diagnosed with HIV and then they became very ill and passed away.
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There are many reasons why people may develop emotional or psychological problems during their lives. PLHIV face particular challenges because there is so much HIV stigma and an overwhelming lack of information on contemporary issues in the management of HIV.
Negative attitudes, discrimination and violence can contribute to mental and emotional distress of PLHIV, particularly if they also experience discrimination due to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or substance use. There may be other issues as well for each unique person.
There are a variety of tools and information throughout the QPP website that are designed to support PLHIV and the people they choose to tell. QPP welcomes you to contact us if you require support on how best to react to someone disclosing their status to you. We are a warm, non-judgemental team.
If you have any questions about HIV, please call QPP’s Peer Support and Communications Officer toll free from a land-line on 1800 636 241, use the contact form provided or call (07) 3013 5555 (nationally).