I am an HIV-positive, 50-year-old gay man. I tested positive for HIV in 2013, when I was 45 years old. I seroconverted during the time of antiretrovirals and PrEP. Months after testing positive I was labeled “undetectable,” meaning that thanks to those antiretrovirals and access to good health care, I can no longer transmit the virus. And while there have been amazing breakthroughs in science and in education regarding HIV and its transmission, sometimes dating with HIV still feels scary. Sometimes those of us with HIV still live under the stigma of the disease, both from within ourselves and from outside.
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The ‘stigma’ you refer to has, in my opinion, lessened. Been poz since 98. Sero converted on 09. I still advise when having anal sex. Have yet to come across anyone who run the other way with that knowledge. Perhaps I’m an exception. Maybe not.