5 Ways to Talk to Loved Ones About Hepatitis Cby Allison Tsai Editor
Support is important
It can be scary to talk to your friends and family about having hepatitis C, but it’s important to have the support of people close to you. Keeping open relationships with your loved ones is good for your well-being. Approach them from a place of knowledge and care.
Arm yourself with facts
Some people can have a harsh reaction when told about a hepatitis C diagnosis and it’s usually because they have misconceptions about the disease. There are some facts that can put people at ease, particularly letting them know the disease progresses very slowly, is manageable and curable with treatment and is difficult to pass on to other people.
Certain people deserve to know
You may not feel comfortable telling everyone about your disease, but certain people in your life deserve to know. These people include your family, spouse, sexual partners and anyone else who could possibly have contracted the virus from you. Even if transmission chances are low, it’s a good idea for them to get tested.
Seek professional support
If you are newly diagnosed you might not be able to provide the emotional and informational support necessary for your loved ones. It can be an uncomfortable and upsetting admission for everyone so involving professional support or peer support when disclosing your hepatitis C may be a good option.
Planning when, where and how you disclose that you have hepatitis C can make the experience better for everyone involved. Think about what you will say and how you will feel despite your loved ones' reactions. By approaching everyone with care, kindness and knowledge, it will help ease the situation.