Image courtesy of Cole Grissom. These were the last words uttered by a man during my first sexual encounter after a seven-year hiatus from homosexuality. Immediately I burst into tears—onto his dick. I was single for the first time since my early twenties and I was terrified.
A situation that would have once been actively discouraged is now completely safe for both of us where we have access to all the resources we could possibly need.
We tend to use the word "normalization" a lot when talking about HIV. It is meant to reflect the fact that people with HIV can now not only have a normal quality of life, but they can also plan for the future, have kids, and carry on healthy sexual relationships if provided with the proper treatment and a few preventive guidelines. But even with these facts in mind, many people with HIV still find dating enormously stressful. After all, disclosing your status to a friend is one thing; disclosing it to a romantic interest brings up a whole other set of issues and concerns.
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