Do you have to tell?
After being diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, the next thing that would probably play in mind is whether to tell or not about the disease. Having diagnosed with HIV or AIDS is difficult to accept and thinking about what comes next makes the battle even harder. Having the diseases means facing a tough battle ahead thus it is important that support groups are there to guide and provide encouragement to anyone who is faced with this tremendous stress in life.
Having diagnosed with HIV, the first tough thing to do is probably acceptance. Just like in the stages of grief, acceptance is the first but very difficult stage to get through. Once a person accepted the condition, everything else will just follow. After going through these stages, which is basically a battle inside one’s self, disclosure comes next. Disclosure in this case is very difficult. One might be scared of telling because of the stigma the community and whether or not the people around him or her would accept the condition or would simply cast the person away. This social battle can influence how an HIV infected person sees his or herself throughout the course of the disease.
Disclosure is very important especially in cases of HIV or AIDS. The tough battle ahead is just too vast for someone to go through it alone. It is important to be able to talk to someone or to a group of people especially those who can help in getting the proper treatment. Family, friends, support groups become very vital in the life of an infected individual. These people should serve as sources of strength and motivation in fighting the disease. For anyone diagnosed with AIDS or HIV, it is also important to talk to previous sexual partners about the current HIV status, this will help them seek consult for themselves as well so as to put a halt in the spread of the disease and aside from this detection of cases will be faster.
Disclosure especially in this case can be tough but this will definitely help in battling the condition. Being able to talk to family and friends, expressing feelings and sharing thoughts can give a tremendous relief for someone having this terminal condition. A simple conversation could mean a lot for someone who’s going through this sad reality. Facing the future with hope and faith is quite difficult especially when HIV or AIDS go along with the journey. At times, people with this disease tend to question their faith and start to go away from the right path making the condition a lot worse. This is where family, friends, and support groups can really play a big part. The stigma brought by the community is unavoidable, but making these individuals feel loved, appreciated, and giving them the courage to fight can really make a difference.
For HIV or AIDS patients, disclosure might be tough at first but later on this will help in giving ease to the pain one is experiencing and being able to express feelings, hurts, happiness, and most especially being able to help others become aware of the existence of this condition, all these things are worth the fight.