Helping People with HIV

We all know that anyone who has HIV needs help.

But what kind of help?  And how to help?

What if your family member has HIV?  Or one of your work colleagues or fellow students?  What if a neighbour has HIV?  What should we do?

The first thing is to be a good friend.  Please do not be afraid.  Your friend or family member who has HIV will not harm you!

You may be nervous – since it is such a new thing for you – and you may feel awkward and even embarrassed.  But remember that your friend really needs you.

Now is the time when you need to be most friendly and helpful to them.

Remember that they are still human.  Having HIV means that my body has a virus inside me – but I am still me.  I still have feelings and emotions – joys and fears.  I am still precious in the eyes of God and a valuable person to have.  I still have much that I can offer and bless others around me with.

But also remember that they need you.

Think about when you were last very ill.  What did you want?  What did you need?  What were you thankful for?

A comforting shoulder to cry on.  A hot fresh meal that someone brought for you.  Help with looking after some of the chores that you were not able to do because of your illness.  A person who listened to you and encouraged you….   The list goes on.

So if you got that kind of help from others – how about doing the same for your friend with HIV.

Here are some things that you cannot go wrong with:

* visit

* listen

* understand

* bring some fresh food – or fruits

* play with their kids

* speak encouraging words

* help with medical appointments

* see what practical things can be done around the house

* pray

Your friendship can be a life-saver to a person with HIV.  Literally!

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