I guess I'll be the first to vote and post a response.
I was going to vote for "They should inform one person who can speak up if " but upon thinking about it, I realized that there is no way to guarantee that that person would be present when it counted.
But, while I believe that a person's medical history is there own to share or to keep private, I think in any sport, particularly one with the known risk factor like riding, that making sure those you ride with have that information is crucial, both for there safety and yours (I would imagine that this is information that would be useful, treatment wise, to an permedic or doctor should an accident require one but I don't really know).
But I don't think that means announcing it to the barn community, but your regular riding companions and coach should definitely be aware.
By poor, I mean we might have to share a helicopter with another family.
I think you are awesome for discussing it and getting awareness out there. THANK YOU!! My trainer unfortuntely passed a few years back. I also have a very god friend who his HIV pos and hasn't been able to discuss it with anyone due to the stigma that can come with it. I think that is a shame. SHe is a wonderful and brave and healthy woman. Anyway, thank you, and My prayers are heading your way.
I personally feel that it is enough for someone to inform the owner/manager and immediate riding buddies of their status in case of an injury, and to perhaps also wear a med-alert bracelet. Other than that, I don't see why it would present an issue.
I would have to say I would have no problem riding with you at all.
As a friend (other wise why would you be riding with this person), I would hope that that type of information would be shared so that I could help you better in case of an emergency. No different really if you were riding with someone that had epelepsy (sp) diabities, or any other health issue that might be relevent in case of an accident.
Congrats for bringing up such a tough subject. I personally think that at least the barn manager and the coach should know, and possibly any regular riding buddies. I love the idea of carrying a first aid kit with gloves. Accidents do happen, so it is best to be prepared. If I were in that situation I think that I'd tell those I actually knew (in a big boarding barn it is a bit much to tell everyone), but I certainly would not hide it. Good luck on the rough road ahead. And keep riding!!
Do you know how difficult it is to tell someone? Whether it's an old or new friend, it is one of the most difficult things I have to face. Because at that moment that you tell someone that you are infected with HIV, you find out if they are truly your friend or not.
It's a scary moment, some people can't handle it.
I have to agree that those you ride with should be aware of your HIV status. Just check out some of the accident threads for confirmation, LOL!
Having said that, I can't imagine how that would change your barn life. Hopefully not at all, but people (even horse people) can be weird. Personally, I wouldn't have an issue and would appreciate the honesty and courage it would take to make me aware and I would hope that your barnmates would feel the same!!
Oh, and welcome to the BB. Don't worry if you don't get overwhelmed with posts right away. Sometimes it takes people awhile to see the topic. There's also the possibility that some may avoid it, based on the title, as having the potential to bring forth STRONG opinions. It initially struck me as a question of whether to ride with an HIV infected person and some may take it that way.
I think it's important to remember that precautions should be taken when dealing with blood/bodily fluids whether you know the person is HIV positive or not.
That said, if somebody I was riding with knew they were HIV positive, I would probably appreciate knowing. It certainly wouldn't stop me from riding with them or performing first aid if necessary, but that way we could both know that we were prepared in case of an emergency.
On the other hand, if they weren't ready to deal with the emotional burden of telling people yet, I would understand. If somebody wasn't going to tell people, I might suggest that they do something like organize a first aid course for the barn to stress the importance of protecting yourself when performing first aid, then encourage everybody to carry gloves, etc. with them when they ride. If the person you're with knows you have gloves, they should be using them whether they know you're HIV positive or not.
I think this is a great topic to raise, thank you!