We curb dating wildly inappropriate people and become more discerning when choosing our Friday night dinner guests. Protection from possible disease, including HIV, should be on the mind of every single gay man.
The bad news: With every potential love comes a series of risks. However, the risk of dating someone who is HIV-positive is severely misunderstood.
Yet the romance faded, those brown eyes now sparkle for someone else, and I am left with this damn positive sign that I can’t seem to scrub off.
It’s not the bet I thought I was making, but life is far from over.
As the years start to tick by, every bet we make on love seems to be a little more weighted. As for the actual risk of dating a man who doesn’t know his status—a human question mark—that’s when you should hold on to your chips.
You may think that dating an HIV-positive man increases your risk of infection. If your prospective mate has the gumption to disclose his positive status before the first round of cocktails, you can be certain that he has taken steps to protect your negative status.
reruns not to become disillusioned with the prospect of finding love.
During recent conversations with some of my single friends, I've found myself coming face-to-face with my old bitterness.
We would also like to believe that we are smarter or better protected than those who bear the plus sign.
But the persuasion of romance, compounded by several months of exclusivity, can sometimes get the best of us. I was suckered into a bad gamble by sweet talk and pretty brown eyes once before.
Dating is exciting, and anything exciting involves risk.
But as long as you are honest with yourself and safe with each other, one thing you won’t be gambling with is your health.