Ending the Stigma Associated With HIV Dating

Ending the Stigma Associated With HIV Dating

Positive Singles wants to end the stigma associated with HIV dating. After receiving a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) the dating scene becomes that much more complicated. Although an STD requires a certain level of honesty and openness when trying to find a potential mate, it is important to realize that HIV is not the death sentence it once was.

Thanks to many improvements within the world of medicine in treating the virus, many people who have an STD go on to live normal and healthy lives, complete with the benefit of an intimate relationship. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when dating with an STD:

Practice honesty: Whether a person discloses the information on the first date or after they realize the relationship has potential to grow, it is important that the STD is discussed prior to any sexual act.

Practice safe sex: There are many sexually transmitted diseases and it is important, as long as there is a positive status from either party, to practice safe sex. Using protection during all sexual contact is the best method to keep both partners protected.

HIV is different from other STDs when it comes to the legal system and therefore comes with a different level of responsibility. It is important to be responsible with any STD but legally HIV has greater consequences when a person acts in an irresponsible manner. An STD can complicate relationships, dating and sex. Exposing a person’s positive status can really be difficult. It is important to remember that people have the right to accept or deny any sexual contact based on their own cognizance.

When a person learns they have tested positive for HIV or any other STD this can be a life-changing event. Many people fall into depression which can lead to a bottomless arena of hopelessness without proper information and a viable support system. This is the reason PositiveSingles.com exists. It was created to ease the transition, provide valuable information and a host of support.

The problem many come face to face with is the stigma that is associated with the possession of an STD. Society tends to hold a very negative stigma for those who have tested positive for HIV. Far too often this causes people to be apprehensive about sharing their status for fear of rejection.

There are many ways to address the stigma when someone displays a negative attitude towards, either to the person with an STD, or in a general sense. One thing a person can do is start speaking out about HIV and other STDS within their community. They can take personal responsibility for the prevention of further transmittal of STDs and can begin challenging the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of those that contribute to the stigma.

Positive Singles is a composed of people who have ended the stigma within its community. They understand that being HIV positive is not the end of the world and certainly not their dating life. The easiest way to conquer the stigma associated with an STD is to join a group of supporters where the disclosure of an individual’s status is not an issue.

It is much easier to establish relationships on a platform where people living with a positive status can communicate without fear of rejection for any type of STD they may possess. The members of Positive Singles have made a quality to decision to look past the labels others have branded them with and find love and security.

Positive Singles is not the only relationship site for individuals with an STD but it is arguably the most popular. In this community of like-minded people it is easy to narrow one’s communication by only connecting with those who have the same diagnosis or they can choose to communicate with others who have been positively diagnosed with HIV or another type of STD.

Once a person finds out they have tested positive for a STD their dating life does not have to end. PositiveSingles.com provides several testimonials for people dating with HIV, herpes and other STDs. This site has been deemed the largest, best, most trusted and completely anonymous online dating site for people with all types of STDs. This online community has members in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

This is definitely a new day for HIV dating. It is time to end the stigma associated with STDs and allow people the privilege to experience the joy of living without judgment. It is easy to sign up, create a profile and start looking for potential partners or simply friends who can offer support and empathy. Positive Singles community is a world of its own; complete with people of all races, ages and religions who refuse to see a stigma and would not think of looking down on anyone because of their health status.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

HIV Stigma
Guardian Liberty Voice
Positive Singles

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