Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion About HIV/AIDS
Domestic violence services providers play an important role in starting conversations about HIV/AIDS. Women and men experiencing domestic violence are often limited in their ability to negotiate safe sex practices, thereby increasing their chances of contracting HIV/AIDS. Starting the conversation about a person’s risk of HIV/AIDS, or about living with HIV/AIDS, is an important part of service provision with every victim. Each service provider will need to decide when it is most appropriate to bring up this subject, but by using this conversation guide will help ensure an open and safe discussion. This guide provides general guidelines, specific questions, and best practices, as well as suggestions about referral if a survivor discloses her/his HIV/AIDS status.
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