March 6, , by Emily Land. HIV stigma ran rampant in the early days of the HIV epidemic, when the disease was poorly understood and before there were effective treatments. But what about now? We asked our followers on Facebook to weigh in with their thoughts, and give us insight on HIV stigma in the current day. A total of 57 people took the anonymous survey. We asked respondents to disclose their HIV status so we could share how experiences are different. People cited many ways that HIV stigma has impacted their mental and physical health.
"Am I Undatable Because I'm HIV+?"
He still attended the fundraising meetings. I listened for at least an hour as he explained how things had happened. I had learned to listen and fell immediately back into that mode. Newly diagnosed people are not always open to logical advice. As we spoke, I offered him local numbers to call and organizations to join. That and a few hundred hours in therapy have somehow allowed me to find myself and the strength to carry on.
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Share 2 Comments Print. I just sat there in silence. I was still angry with him for what he had done. But he was scared.
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Since then, I have not had so much as a second date with someone. Always the same result: They move on, and I need to find the strength to start looking again. Yet after 15 years, little hope remains of not dying alone—my greatest fear.
Ironically, I have never had any medical issues. Just when others hear those three letters they make a fast exit. Yes, he had alcohol; yes, there is a history of anger management incidents. What is online is true —this condition does not improve, and the perpetrator of the violence never owns or acknowledges it.
Learn more about the other person. Each of you is likely presenting a version of yourself that you believe the other is seeking. Gradually, the wall comes down, and each of you relaxes, letting your real self peek out. Allow time for that to happen.
You have been inactive for 60 minutes and will be logged out in. Any updates not saved will be lost. Share 19 Comments Print. I love that you do not define yourself by your health status! Leading with who you are as a person rather than your health status as your primary image of yourself is going to shape your dating experiences. Using one's status as an excuse or feeling victimized by it is a recipe for poor self-esteem and bad dating experiences.
I agree that even in the HIV stigma exists among gay men -- and straight men and women as well for that matter. I had a client who is very handsome, physically in great shape with everything a partner could want in a man in terms of both looks and personality. He experimented on dating sites by posting two different profiles; one, which doesn't mention his HIV status, and one that does.
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He received more inquiries than he can handle when he left his HIV status off and considerably less when he added it to his information. Whether said with sensitivity and honesty or in a mean, uncaring way, both can feel rejecting and be very upsetting.
While it makes sense to me that someone would protect themselves from rejection because of HIV infection, limiting yourself to one type of man makes dating all the harder.
While I want to make it clear that I am not minimizing the effects of having HIV and being in the dating scene by comparing to other health issues and physical traits, I do want to minimize it in the same way I would want anyone else to minimize an issue they have during dating.
My answer to your question is basically to treat it like any other physical or personality trait you may have in terms of disclosing something unique about yourself which might turn a potential partner away. When do you tell? I always encourage sooner rather than later by being transparent and getting things out on the table as you are getting to know each other.
It is different for everyone. There is no specific time other than sooner. You have to feel it out yourself and by talking to friends, therapists and dating coaches about what feels right for you.
We all have something that to a potential dating partner could risk rejecting. Dating is brutal and I consider it to be one of the most barbaric social requirements we have in finding a partner.