Online dating for hiv positive people
Almost 220 million people globally use online dating services.
In a world where more and more people meet partners virtually, how and when do you disclose your HIV status?
Right now, even though I am open about my HIV status in my daily life and I give speeches on sexual health and HIV, I do not display my HIV status on my dating app profiles.
However, just because I don’t now display my status on my profile doesn’t mean I am not facing stigma on dating apps or not having any funny or weird moments with people I meet online.
Now and then, if the guy I am talking to makes a remark or says something that can be discriminatory, I correct them, and then it can get a bit awkward.
They usually say something like, “Oh you are one of those LGBT activists, aren’t you?
Otherwise, it can happen in a moment that you least expect and make things awkward and uncomfortable for you.
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I think that disclosing your HIV status is a very personal decision.
But sometimes I don’t feel like having the same conversation again and again, and I don’t disclose.
If you want to disclose your status, do it when it feels right to you and when you feel comfortable.
Someone’s HIV status should not affect the conversation you are having.
But unfortunately, social stigma doesn’t always make this possible and some people basically run away when they hear you are living with HIV.