Family and Friends

You don’t want to do this alone. It helps to have people you can talk comfortably and openly with about HIV – people you can trust to be supportive. You also want:

  • Caring family members and friends who can listen without judging.
  • Someone who provides supportive feedback and suggestions.
  • Someone who understands how you live life and deal with issues.
  • Someone you can depend on to remind you to take your medications and go with you to your medical appointments.

Yes, There Are People You Can Turn To

If you’re not ready to disclose your HIV status to someone you know, consider talking to someone else who is living with HIV.

For example, support groups meet regularly to discuss issues and challenges that people living with HIV face. Members also help each other manage their disease and treatment. Some support groups are open to anyone, while others address the needs of specific individuals, such as straight men, teens, substance users, etc.

Our Services Locator will help you easily find a support group. You'll be provided a list of all the groups in your area.

Online Communities

There are a variety of online communities that can connect you to other people living with HIV from all over the world. Two highly respected sites are POZ.com and thebody.com.