Partner/s, family, friends, and colleagues - people with HIV are constantly faced with the question of whether they should tell others about their HIV status or whether they would prefer to keep it private.
There are always two sides to consider. It can be a relief to confide in other people. It's good to have people on your side rather than having to keep a secret. Concealing your infection can be stressful.
On the other hand, it is sometimes the case that people become hostile, break off contact or try to lay blame. Relatives and friends are sometimes overwhelmed because they are afraid for you.
Speak first to the people who are closest to you and who you know best. It helps if you have already come to terms with your infection and informed yourself a little. Then you can reassure your friends and relatives about their fears.