POZ - March 2009: All in the Family

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March 2009: All in the Family

Disclosing one's HIV status can be tricky, particularly to family members. We want to hear whether your family knows you're HIV positive and, if so, how they responded. Are they active in your health care? Are they supportive? Has their relationship with you changed for the better? And likewise, has your relationship with them changed?
 
1. How many family members know that you're HIV positive?
All
Some
Only one
None
 
2. If you have yet to disclose your status to any family members, why is that?
I'm afraid they will reject/disown me
I'm afraid they will feel sorry for me
I'm afraid they will be mad at me
 
3. Since they have found out you're positive, has your relationship with your family...?
Improved
Worsened
Stayed the same
 
4. How did you educate your family about HIV/AIDS?
I told them what I knew about HIV
I gave them printed info from my AIDS service organization (ASO)/doctor/a website
I referred them to an ASO/website
I had my doctor talk to them
I have not educated my family about HIV
 
5. Do you depend on family members for any of the following? (Check all that apply.)
Emotional support
Financial support
Ordering medications
Picking up medications
Driving to doctor's appointments
Helping around the house
Child care
A place to live
 
6. Who in your family knows that you have HIV? (Check all that apply.)
Spouse/Partner
Child(ren)
Parent(s)
Sibling(s)
Aunt/Uncle(s)
Cousin(s)
Other (please specify): ________________________
 
7. Do any other family members have HIV?
Yes
No
 
8. If so, have you disclosed to them?
Yes
No
 
9. Did any of them get HIV from you?
Yes
No
 
10. How important is your family's acceptance of your HIV status?
Very
Somewhat
It doesn't matter
 
11. Do you think your family's acceptance of your HIV status...?
Improves your health
Makes no impact on your health
 
12. Has your family become more comfortable about HIV since you disclosed?
Yes
No
I don't know
 
13. What is your gender?
Male
Female
Transgender
Other
 
14. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Easternn
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 
 
15. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/Lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
16. What is your highest level of education attained?
Some high school
High school graduate
Some college or associate's degree
Bachelor's degree or higher
 
17. What year were you born?
 
18. What is your ZIP code?



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