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  • I would feel terrible for them. I'd be a bit more nervous around them if they got cut or something to be by them, but I would feel bad for them.
  • I would let them know that I was there to support them in every way possible...
  • i have no idea how i would react!! i can't even imagine
  • Start helping them find out all the latest most promising treatments available and just be there for them and try to help them through :)
  • I have had it happen. It's always upsetting, but you just cope. First you have to realize that it is not your place to be upset. Your friend is probably upset enough and doesn't need you adding to their despair. You don't need to go to any extreme to show them how much you care or try to cheer them up. You just need to let them know that you are there and will continue to be there if they need to talk. Although there is no cure for HIV, the recent developments in treatment and medication has greatly improved the quality of life for HIV positive people. It is no longer a rapidly-approaching death sentence. Many people live 10-20 years without showing any symptoms.
  • I would be so sad. I would feel so sorry for them. That would be horrible.
  • Same as last time; shrug it off and enjoy my remaining time with them. I have better things to do with my life than mourn the future.
  • I would refrain from deep tongue kissing but carry on like normal.
  • Well, I'd be shocked, obviously. I'd feel nothing but deepest sympathy for them.
  • It all depends on how this person contracted AIDS.
  • If he or she is a good friend, I would feel very, very sad.
  • I've been in that situation. I told her whatever she needed, just yell. I'll be there before the echo dies. She was my next door neighbor. A single mom with a beautiful baby girl. She wound up moving away and I lost contact with her.
  • I would be devistated.
  • I would offer as much support as I could and as much as they were willing to receive.
  • I would be there for my friend no matter what and help him or her with whatever i can just be supportive till the very end.
  • I would probably be as devestated as they would be. I would love and support and try to be there for them as much as I could.
  • Already been there. I cried, not in front of him, but at home alone. He didn't actually tell us that he had it, but we knew when we saw him, and then his partner did tell us. He didn't want everyone to know and feel sorry for him, so he just sort of withdrew...and sickened and died with his partner and his kids "knowing." His name was Bill, he was a disabled Viet Nam Veteran. He was witty, fun, gentle, strong, loving, intelligent, caring, giving and a cut-throat U-no game player, who would line up Cornish game hens and make them "dance" before preparing them for the oven...just to make us laugh. He was a REAL MAN, who could put on a stereo-typical "Queen" persona...again to make us laugh. I loved him, he was my friend...I love him still, and I miss him, miss knowing he is alive and walking around here on the planet...Thanks for a moment to remember him more actively than I sometimes do... I've lost other friends to AIDS and I have friends who have HIV now...I think that part of me is numb, and part of me just hangs on to loving them for as long as I can...I guess that would be forever.
  • Give him as much support as possible; that's what friends do.
  • i would help them out
  • With perplexity and dismay.
  • I would be very supportive to my friend, and let them know that no matter what I am here for them.
  • I would be devastated, scared, supportive and as optimistic as I could muster.
  • In all honesty. I would privately mourn, cry, have a fit. In the company of my friend, I would tease him about it. Call him a dumbass. Take him for a beer, catch a show and call him a big puss for weeping... Call him any other combination of names I could think of. And generally keep him moving. My friends and I are kind of hard on each other (for fun) If I started slacking up just because he was sick, I would downgrade the quality of his life, and he would recognize that I was treating him different and it would probably hurt his morale. "What are doing, you lazy bastard? Let's go fishing"... And while we are at it, I pray that all of my friends, acquaintences and enemies be safe, and AIDS free.
  • I'd be there. I have had to be many times in the past. What else can you say to answer this question?..at least AIDS isn't necessarily the same death sentence that it was 20 years ago:(..but I'd still be there to help fight this horrible disease and support my friend(s).
  • I would support them and be there for them any way I could. And I would hunt down the person who gave it to them.
  • I found out that a very good friend of mine had AIDS. My heart broke. I felt like the world got just a little darker. He was the sweetest guy I've ever known. I loved him dearly and miss him terribly. My sister-in-law also died of AIDS. It was hard watching her waste away. We were the only family who would associate with her regularly because the rest of my husbands miserable family were afraid to catch it from her. Never mind that they made babies all over the place, a far more likely way to catch it than visiting with their sister. God, people are stupid. If someone a friend told me they were sick, I would die inside because I know what is coming. I would be supportive, as much as possible, and try to enjoy the time we have left.
  • How he got it? Did he tell you from the begining? It must be hard on you. I want you to know that AIDS people can live for years. Stay supportive as possible as you can. Be open and honest. Do not behave too nicely. Be normal. No sexual intercourse, unless 2-3 condomes are used every time. It is not 100% safe. Seek medical help regadring safe sex practice. Good luck
  • Upset for my friend and stand by them 100%
  • A true friend figures it out.
  • i would freak! but since their my friend i would be there for them and help them through anything they need. thats what friends are supposed to do for each other. even if i get grossed out by it it doesnt matter, their my friend and im gonna be there for them.

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