Beyond the Test
Next, decide whether you're going to tell your family, friends, sexual partner(s), boss, etc. Of course, it's up to you to decide who to share this information with, but one thing to think about is that the only way stigma and discrimination can survive is by being perpetuated by the shame and secrecy of those it targets. It may seem inconceivably hard, but if you don't act ashamed, it will be harder for others to make you feel that way.
.....So what are you afraid of? Change? HIV-positive or not, you cannot live your life fully without it. And one of the most wonderful things I've learned from having my life full of people living with HIV/AIDS is not to waste time on the bullshit stuff, but to focus on what really matters. Just because you did turn out to be positive, your life isn't over, it's just different! And many of the differences can be growthful and beneficial for you if you let them. So when the last tear has been shed and you've uncurled and gotten out of bed, look this new life in the eye and, with the courage and curiosity of all great explorers, demand to know "What's next?"
Breathe deep and live long.
hay oo nga ito ang next step... i will wait for 2 weeks, after the confirmatory tests results are out. i would have to talk to my diabetes doctor.
para sa mga magulang ko? hmmmm matatagalan pa siguro, kelangan ko nga konkretong plano kung paano ko aalagaan at bubuhayin ang sarili ko bago ko masabi sa kanila ang katotohanan. ayaw ko silang magworry, matatanda na sina mama at papa, baka lalo lang silang ma-stress.
ito ang aking diary