Sometimes it is difficult to talk about HIV, and it can be very hard to do so in 160 characters. Everyone in your support group is HIV positive and knows the messages they receive will be about HIV. You don’t have to be shy when you’re communicating – most people will appreciate you being open with them!

Be direct: use the phrase ‘HIV’ instead of talking about ‘your sickness’, ‘the virus’or ‘AIDS’. Everyone in the support group is HIV positive and they have all agreed to receive messages that mention HIV, so you don’t have to worry about disclosing someone’s status. Reflect upon your own experiences and how you would feel receiving the messages you are sending to others.  

Stay simple: give people information that is easy to understand instead of trying to explain complicated medical things over SMS. Sometimes meanings can be lost and people might not understand what you want to say.  One example is that you can say ‘TB’ instead of ‘tuberculosis’ so people understand what you mean.