Updated 25 June 2014

My mom is HIV+

To disclose or not to disclose your HIV status – the debate continues. But very few people talk about whether, or how, you should disclose to your small children.


To disclose or not to disclose – the debate continues. But when people discuss this topic, it's all about whether you disclose to a potential partner, a spouse – your boss, your parents. Very few people talk about whether you should disclose to your small children, and how to do so.

Read about a mother who decided that she didn't want her small sons to hear about her condition from anyone else. Most importantly, she wanted them to understand everything they could about HIV/Aids, and to maintain the bond of trust.

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

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