When a person finds out that they are HIV-positive it can be a very shocking experience. They may feel too ashamed, guilty or upset to tell anybody. They may be afraid of being rejected. They may not want people in their inner circle or community to know because they fear discrimination. To hide their HIV status, they could stop going to the clinic to get their treatment. While disclosure can be scary, disclosing to a trusted person, as early as possible, can be rewarding because of the benefits of love, acceptance and support.

The benefits of disclosing

It is a person's right and choice to decide whether they want to disclose their HIV status or not. It is not something that has to be rushed into but there are many benefits to disclosure. Disclosure is an important step in a person's acceptance of their status. Keeping it a secret makes it easier to pretend that it is not real and delay getting treatment.