Life with HIV Aids can be very hard, especially those newly diagnosed as being HIV positive. HIV forums and support groups, especially online ones, can be helpful in helping such people. This article lists ways in which they can help HIV positive people.|
Life with HIV Aids is something that is difficult to envisage for most people. For those newly diagnosed as being HIV positive, it can be even harder. “Life with HIV Aids” sounds incongruous to them, to put it mildly, as an HIV positive status is still taken to be akin to a death sentence. This is in spite of the best efforts of health care professionals to educate people about the fact that it is possible to live a fulfilling and happy life even with HIV Aids.
It is in regard to issues like these that HIV forums and support groups, especially online ones, can be helpful. Here are three ways in which they help:
They give you hope: HIV support groups and forums can help people struggling to come to terms with their HIV positive status. These forums and groups are filled with all types of HIV positive people; this includes people who have lived successfully with HIV for 20-25 years, or more. This will make it easier for people who have just got to know about their HIV status to accept it and hope that they can lead similarly rich and satisfying lives, even with HIV. With online forums and groups, you get to meet even more people living with HIV, than physically possible.
They give you crucial information and resources: Many people are afraid to ask for help and information about HIV and Aids, as they fear being stigmatized by society. HIV forums and support groups help such people talk about HIV in a sympathetic and non judgmental atmosphere. They also help you to get reliable information about HIV/Aids from peers. Some HIV support groups and forums also offer you access to free resources for HIV and Aids. Moreover, if you join web based groups or forums you can log on anonymously. This will allow you to open up about the issues affecting you in a free and frank manner.
They help you with the social aspect of being HIV +: The things you can discuss in HIV support groups and forums are not limited to only health info. Forums and support groups also help you discuss other aspects of a life with HIV Aids. For example, they can help you talk about your fear of being misunderstood by HIV negative people, including your family and friends. Such HIV forums can also act as outlet for you to express your angst at being subjected to discrimination due to your HIV positive status. They will also tell you constructive ways to counteract and deal with such behavior, whether it is in the workplace, or at home.
Therefore, because of all these reasons, it is a good idea to join a support group or forum as soon as possible. They are the best option for helping you get rid of the initial negativity and depression, and start living, again.
Ryan FitzGerald is the Co-Founder of WebTribes Inc. WebTribes is a network of online community websites designed to bring people with similar life issues together from around the world that are in need of support. The support communities are for people affected by Depression, Addiction, OCD and HIV/Aids. Browse HIVAidsTribe to Find HIV AIDS support groups, HIV forum, living with AIDS, Hiv Chat Rooms and Hivaids Therapy.
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