• A local support group of other young people living with HIV may be one way to share your feelings and experiences.• Living with HIV shouldn’t stop you from having happy and fulfilling relationships and a healthy sex life when you are ready.When you start a new relationship, it can be really exciting and fun, and it can be intense, as you find out about each other. Deciding how and what to tell them will probably involve a lot of the same considerations as telling a friend.Having a relationship with someone who doesn’t have HIV (sometimes called a mixed-status relationship) might raise some particular questions for you – when should you tell them that you have HIV? Think about how they might react and the questions they might have.This is also a time when many people have some of their first relationships.
There may be things you want to discuss with a healthcare professional without your parents being present.
Just a few words from someone who has been living with HIV for nearly 20 years: it's not that bad and there are times when you forget you have HIV.
Eventually, even when you remember you're positive, it's no longer an issue.3 If you’re going to have sex, remember that using male condoms or female condoms correctly is a really effective way of preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.
Whether you have only recently found out you have HIV or you have grown up knowing you have HIV, being a young person living with HIV brings its own challenges.1 Your teenage years are a time of great change – your body develops and changes during puberty as you become an adult, and these changes often go hand in hand with lots of emotions.
You may also be finishing school, taking exams and thinking about your future.