What Your Partners Need to Know
A positive HIV test means that you are infected with HIV the virus that causes AIDS.
Being infected with HIV means that you will have to make decisions that affect you and your sex and/or needle-sharing partner(s). One of the most important decisions you will need to make is when and how to notify your partners of their possible exposure to HIV.
To assist you in developing a plan for informing your partner(s), you may consider using HIV Partner and Counseling and Referral Services which are strictly confidential and designed to protect your privacy.
What are HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services?
Partners should be informed that they have possibly been exposed to HIV. HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) is a program that provides services to HIV-infected persons and their needle sharing partners. These services are confidential, voluntary and absolutely free. Your name will not be mentioned.
HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services are offered to everyone who tests HIV positive in Florida.
Why Should Partner(s) Be Notified?
YOUR PARTNER(S) MAY BE INFECTED AND NOT KNOW IT. If they know they have possibly been exposed then they can decide if they want to get tested for HIV.
IF INFECTED, YOUR PARTNER(S) CAN GET EARLY MEDICAL CARE and practice behaviors that protect others from becoming infected with HIV.
IF UNINFECTED, THEY CAN RECEIVE COUNSELING about practicing safer behaviors to avoid possible future exposure to HIV.
THEY CAN GET UPDATED INFORMATION about HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
How can HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services Help Me?
A DISEASE INTERVENTION SPECIALIST CAN ASSIST YOU in informing your sex and/or needle-sharing partner(s). If you prefer, these specialists will provide confidential partner notification, counseling and referral services to your partner(s). Your name will not be mentioned. They can also offer counseling, HIV information and HIV testing.
THE DISEASE INTERVENTION SPECIALIST CAN:
HELP PREPARE YOU to tell your partner(s) of their possibilities exposure to HIV.
GIVE YOU SUPPORT and answer any questions that may come up.
ASSIST YOU in identifying and addressing other medical and non-medical needs.
Where Can I Get These Services?
These services are available through local county health departments. Community based organizations and private physicians provide referrals to the local health departments for PCRS. To request help, please contact your local county health department and ask to speak with a Sexually Transmitted Disease Program Representative.
Informing your partner(s) is a tough job but they need to know. HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services can help.