Having been on three dates, he made a judgement call about the guy he was seeing, that disclosing his HIV status would be fine, that he would be safe from prejudicial attitudes and that his date knew what it meant to be HIV and undetectable. “I learned a lot off that experience,” says Craig, reflecting on his date’s dismay and incredulity. He started with the questions: ‘Are you a promiscuous boy? On account of avoiding more exposure to the stigma associated with being HIV positive he has asked to use a pseudonym.
Studies have shown that when this is case the chance of transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is heavily reduced – often by as much as 96%.
Next time someone challenges them about their status they might deny it. And things happen.'A major study published last year found that HIV-positive people, both gay and straight, who are on antiretroviral therapy have just a 1-4 per cent chance of passing the virus onto a partner during unprotected sex.'The medical treatment for HIV has had a dramatic impact on the health and life expectancy of those of us who are living with HIV.
Unfortunately, the progress we've made in tackling the stigma associated with an HIV-positive diagnosis has not been as fast,' GMFA CEO Matthew Hodson said.'The all too visible stigmatisation of people living with HIV discourages people from testing, or talking honestly about HIV, their risk and their testing history.
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It is surely not easy to find that ‘someone special’ in your life and when you add HIV / AIDS or any other STD to the equation, it can become much more complicated.