Is it important to talk about HIV? When we don't talk about things, problems can go unnoticed and get worse, and people feel more isolated. Expand We need to talk openly about HIV to our sexual partners, friends, families and colleagues. The issue affects people of different backgrounds, cultures and genders; open conversations about HIV and sex can help to de-stigmatise those who need support and educate others about the facts. Always check your facts, HIV does change.