promoting positive change
People living with HIV want to be treated the same as anyone else.
More people than ever before are living with HIV in Scotland. HIV affects all of us whether living with it, or as partners, family and friends, work colleagues or fellow students.
Most people living with HIV lead a relatively normal day-to-day life. Avoiding everyday problems often has a lot to do with how the positive person gets on with those around them. Probably similar to life for most people!
Children with HIV or affected by HIV in their family often make the point about being treated like anyone else.
This doesn’t mean ignoring the facts, however, and it helps when those close are both supportive and well informed.
This section is for family and friends who might not always know what to do or say. You can support each other, though, like helping someone to take their medications regularly, treating them the same as anyone else, being there if they’re ill, and sharing life, love and fun together. Being HIV positive does not turn someone into a victim or indeed a risk. Neither does it turn them into a saint! So here are some tips about ‘knowing someone with HIV’.
The closer you are to someone with HIV, the more likely that you will want to know what you should do. Here are some of the ways in which you might know someone with HIV.