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27 Reasons You Should Date an HIV-Positive Man Right Now
It's a historic moment for HIV activism, and an opportunity to defeat stigma of those living with the virus once and for all. These men have been good to me. We waged war against a plague. Fauci, M. That, and people have been taught by right-wing scaremongering and the public politics of AIDS that HIV is something to fear and alleged breakthroughs should be distrusted. Other problems are at play that keep this information from being shouted from the rooftops. Sex education for youth is inadequate in the United States, and info specific to young queer people is nonexistent in most high schools. Religious fervor and sex-phobia is still killing us.
After the first few rounds of failed relationships, it can take some positive affirmations and a few Sex and the City reruns not to become disillusioned with the prospect of finding love. The good news: As we get older, the image of the man we see standing beside us at the altar starts to take shape. We curb dating wildly inappropriate people and become more discerning when choosing our Friday night dinner guests. The bad news: With every potential love comes a series of risks. As the years start to tick by, every bet we make on love seems to be a little more weighted. What if his mother is horrible?
But understanding HIV and how to prevent exposure is critical to maintaining a safe and healthy relationship. Ask them questions and get educated on what living with the condition means.
I Prefer to Date Men Who are HIV Positive
Image courtesy of Cole Grissom. These were the last words uttered by a man during my first sexual encounter after a seven-year hiatus from homosexuality. Immediately I burst into tears—onto his dick. I was single for the first time since my early twenties and I was terrified. I quietly cried as I pulled my pants back on and hoofed it to my car where I sat contemplating the new reality of HIV in my dating life.