Matthew Hodson, the Chief Executive of GMFA, writes on the continued stigmatisation of HIV-positive people, and argues that avoiding sex or a relationship with someone HIV-positive is actually a bad strategy.
I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years.
Then there’s the idea that you ditch the condoms with the one you settle down with – but you don’t want to do this with a poz guy (despite the fact that treatment makes transmission very unlikely).
It sounds great in theory but even if you’ve done the responsible thing and tested together, a negative test result just relates to that moment in time.
So we try to arm ourselves as best we can, because no matter how many broken hearts we bury, the battle for love must go on.
But there is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.
Every guy I talk to on Grindr stops talking to me once I disclose my HIV status." "I don't know what happened.If you are serious about finding a permanent 'plus one,' drop the desperation and find your confidence.You may think that is easier said than done, but all it takes is reminding yourself that your goods are worth their sticker price and you don't have to discount them for anyone.If you’ve dumped some hot guy because he was responsible, got tested and told you his HIV status, you could be just opening yourself up to some other, far greater risk.If you’re worried about an HIV-positive partner getting sick or dying then it’s time for you to realise that it’s now the 21st century.Once I told him I was HIV-positive, he seemed ok, but then he never called again." And even...