When you find out you have HIV, it is very important to find people who will support and encourage you. Your healthcare provider (usually a doctor or nurse practitioner), partner, husband or wife, parents, brothers, sisters, children, and friends are all good choices. But reaching out to others can be hard. You may feel angry, ashamed, or afraid. You may be unsure if you should tell other people. Or maybe you want to tell them, but you don’t know how. Having a support system is very important. It can help you have a positive outlook and lead a healthier life with HIV. Patients who have the support of family and friends may be healthier longer than those who do not.