What was your experience telling the children in your life about your HIV status?

Jasán's Answer

I have not had the the experience of having to disclose my HIV status to young children. However, I am an uncle to my three sweet little boo’s: ages one, two, and five. At this point I don’t feel the need to disclose my status.  I would like to have the conversation with each of them when they are able to understand what HIV  is and how it is transmitted. This will probably happen in a few years with my oldest nephew as he approaches his adolescent years. I would want to make sure he and eventually all of them receive correct information to dispel any myths or misconceptions about HIV. In addition, I would let them know that having HIV does not change who their uncle is as a caring, loving, and wonderful person who loves them more than they could ever imagine; their uncle just happens to be living with a manageable virus that will never interfere with our relationship.

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