Challenges HIV-positive youth face
Social Problems
Feeling "old before my time"
Low Self-Esteem
Money Problems

Social Problems

“In health class we learned about HIV, and people were joking around about it. They don’t get it. That’s why I don’t tell anyone!”

“I just talk to the friends I met at camp. We all get it [having HIV] so it makes it easier to be yourself."

“Sometimes I feel lonely because I do not have as many good friends as I would like—but I don’t want to tell people about being poz, so I just try to ignore the feeling!”

Having friends is very important at any age. Sometimes you may feel like an "outsider" in class, with friends and co-workers, or at home. This can make it hard to talk about feelings and what’s going on in your life. But talking about stuff can help you deal with feeling anxious, depressed and angry and help us put things in perspective. [Check out the section on Who should I tell? for more information.]

Talking about stuff can be hard, but it’s worth it. Getting lots of support can really make a difference to your life.

Hospital for Sick Children University of Toronto Positive Youth Outreach CATIE