Family relationships are some of the most important ones we’ll have, but they can also be some of the most difficult.

HIV and Hepatitis C can add new or additional disruption to family relationships. Both conditions might raise issues for families or aggravate old ones. Feeling unable to share openly with family is common, and you may particularly experience this around sharing your diagnosis with family members due to the stigma often associated with HIV and Hepatitis C.

At Waverley Care, we can support you and your family members. For adults in families where relationships are difficult, we can work with you to improve your relationships by providing information and advice around telling people about your diagnosis (also known as ‘disclosure’). If you are affected by a family member’s HIV or Hepatitis C, we can support you with information, support or counselling.

For families with younger children, we can help emotionally and practically, from offering baby milk powder to women living with HIV, to offering children and young peoples’ support groups, workshops and holidays. These services are both for children affected by a family member’s HIV or Hepatitis C diagnosis, and for those living with the conditions. They are intended to provide respite for children and parents, as well as offer important advice and information.

If you’re not sure which service to contact, please get in touch with your nearest office.

Services that can support you with Families.