According to The Body.com, an online HIV resource guide, "research of this nature tends to measure the most negative aspects of positive/negative couplings, telling us primarily how HIV complicates our lives.
It tells us very little about the rewards, the discovery of inner strengths, the emotional ties, the opportunities for developing better communication skills, or the joy generated when a mixed-status couple does create a happy, strong, fulfilling relationship." What you need to know if you're a mixed couple is that you can have a happy and healthy relationship, but, like all relationships, it requires work and commitment, because love does not conquer all.
Tom*: Technically, I contracted HIV in December of last year (2015).
I tested positive for it around the end of January, and I had three different tests because I didn't think it was correct.
Maybe I thought his mannerisms were off-putting, or he might've been a bit too feminine or too masculine for my liking. But then, I stopped talking to someone because they had HIV… The guy told me his status after two relatively successful dates. As I grew more overwhelmed and flustered, he explained we never would have had sex without him revealing his status to me.
He didn't have to do that, but as our conversation gradually shifted in the direction of sex, it was bound to come up. I had never met someone who was HIV-positive, and frankly, I knew close to nothing about the disease at all. We had never gotten to the point of anything close to sex, but we did make out in my room. I had been feeling sick the days prior, so was I now infected? And he also explained more about his low strain and how undetectable it was due to the medicine he was on.
I was still on edge, however, viciously browsing the internet for the number of a free clinic. Of course, my intentions weren't to treat him like some wild animal. I wasn't well-informed on the subject, and I didn't want to come off like a complete idiot. As it turns out, while HIV diagnoses continues to drop, with an increase in testing and prevention efforts, more than 1.2 million people continue to live with it in the US.
Even scarier, one in eight aren't aware they're infected. Luckily, he had never been able to share his story before.
It was shown that viral load of the HIV partner was a... The Washington Post on Tuesday examined online dating services designed specifically for people with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus and herpes.
The Web sites -- such as Read more » ...across the country have straight and gay support or social groups.
The line of thinking about dating is that it might be the... Others feel that not telling relatives will weaken their relationships and may keep them from getting the emotional support and love that they want. That has never been an issue for me nor my past partners.
Nowadays I got involved with another HIV guy who Read more » Can anyone else share my agony? I am an attractive woman but I am having extreme difficulty meeting other positive men to date.
Also, many HIV activists now say that when the HIV-positive partner has an undetectable viral load (which happens with early and consistent medication treatment) the likelihood of transmitting the virus to a partner is significantly reduced or eliminated.