To get there, we need to do more to encourage HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men to openly discuss their status and risk online and to create a dialogue that supports both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people who are working through the difficult challenge of being in relationships with each other.For Those Who Are HIV-Negative (or Think They Are) We need to address our own fears and shame around HIV and do it in concert with other people, both HIV-positive and HIV-negative.
We know now, as we knew then, that being gay doesn't foretell an HIV diagnosis.
The infection is far from a death sentence, at least for those with access to life-saving medications.
Whether they know their status or not, there are hundreds of thousands of gay men living with HIV, hooking up and falling in love.
Many HIV-negative men I know live and love in a seemingly blissful denial, pretending HIV isn't already enmeshed in their dating and sex lives.
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Only by being honest with ourselves about our fears and our demons can we begin to overcome our own prejudices.
We must ask ourselves how we are perpetuating ignorance and shame in our community, regardless of our HIV status, through the actions we take and the decisions we make around dating and sex.
Some leave the question of status blank or even list their status as negative.
Others may list their status upfront but refrain from showing their faces.
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