As some of you know, getting kicked
out of your house, when your parents
find out you have HIV, and living
on the streets is hard! Some people
get HIV while living on the street
from things that put you at risk of
getting infected ((like using injection
drugs, having unsafe sex).
Having HIV and being homeless can
be a very hard thing to deal with.
Its hard to take care of yourself
and keep healthy when you dont
have a safe and stable place to live.
Taking meds (HIV medication), trying
to stick to the difficult schedule
of taking the meds on time, and finding
a doctor or health care provider who
you can talk to are all major challenges
when you dont have a home.
If you are looking to get permanent
housing, its good to go to a
shelter or to a community health centre
because the staff can help you get
Tips from other youth about how
to survive homelessness and having
- When you go to a shelter, you
are not legally obligated to tell
anyone you are HIV positive
- Check if you have to turn your
meds in with shelter staff. If you
decide not to tell staff you are
HIV positive, you may want to look
into alternatives, such as.
"I had a car and kept my meds
in the car."
I left mine at the local AIDS
committee with someone I trusted
and came to get them when I needed
I had a friend living close
by who kept my meds for me.
- Methadone is not allowed in most
- When in a shelter, remember to
lock up your stuff.
- If you need a safe place to go
or some help storing or remembering
to take your meds, ask your local
AIDS service organization or youth-serving
organization. [Check out Getting
Help for organizations in your
- Look into getting financial support.
- If you need help getting meds,
talk to your doctor about getting