Daniel reflects on a friend who had become sick, but no one knew what was wrong. With time they learned that their friend returned home to his family and eventually passed away due to complications with AIDS. Daniel wonders whether things could have been different if he and his friends had more open conversations about HIV/AIDS and made the topic easier to talk about. Would his friend have shared his status?
Research shows that people with HIV who have social support are more likely to get and stay in care, which means better health and fewer new infections. The experience changed how Daniel and his friends think about HIV/AIDS and talk about it with one another. They want to make sure this experience never happens again.