The 2015 Chicago HIV awareness month reminded me of the reality that our society is currently facing. The truth is that there are already several issues that can shatter one’s dreams or destroy one’s self-esteem, one of which is the human immunodeficiency virus. It is commonly called HIV, which has been recorded as rapidly increasing over the past few years.
In this article, allow me to share the top strategies that I learned from a keynote speaker during the event organized for the celebration of the HIV awareness march. Here are some of the tips to keep in mind when it comes to helping or comforting a victim:
- Learn how to respect the privacy of the person who has been found as positive for HIV. Do not pressure him into revealing where he got the virus or how he ended up as being positive. Take note that only a few people are open to discussing it.
- Avoid giving unnecessary comments or unsolicited advice, especially at times when he has not asked you to speak. As much as possible, make an effort to avoid offending the victim. He is already suffering, and you have to lessen such difficulty.
- Do not treat him differently from others. The last thing that a person with HIV wants is to feel left out in the community. Hence, you must continue to treat him in the same way before you found out that he is positive. Show him that you accept him with open arms.
Aside from this, you must also take good care of yourself. Make sure that you avoid getting such sickness because it can cause a lot of problems in your life. Make it a habit to get checked at least once a year so that you will know your current status. Do not worry because the hospital or clinic is found to keep everything confidential.