Dating with hiv
I call myself ‘HIV_Guy’ on Twitter and Instagram because I was tired of people calling me that behind my back – we all take a chance when we have sex.
A lot of the stigma comes from the lack of education so if I can own “HIV Guy” and use it for Anti-Stigma purposes that makes me happy.
Being transparent worked for me and my confidence, but do whatever you feel comfortable with.” When do you reveal your status to a potential partner?
“Dating with HIV can be scary because you really don’t know the response you’re going to get.
Peer educator and counsellor Barbara Mwandira said she advises couples to use condoms.
However, she notes that it was becoming a habit for couples to discard condoms even after counselling.
Now throw the stigma surrounding a HIV diagnosis into the mix… Frank Castro was just 18 when he discovered he was HIV Positive.
A lot of people are afraid to even be associated with me, in a romantic way, because of the stigma and fear around how they will be perceived.” Have you got a success dating story you would like to share? Follow Frank Castro on Instagram – @HIV_Guy * PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) is a way to prevent HIV infections in instances when a recent exposure has possibly occurred.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.
The gay community is very inclusive, but at the same time there is still stigma attached to having HIV.
What you have to remember is that back when I was diagnosed you wouldn’t proactively treat HIV.
Dating can definitely be scary, but dating can be scary for everyone, what helped me was literally just saying F-it.