For many folks, like Greater Than AIDS ambassador Marvelyn Brown, having that conversation is easier over the phone early in the relationship. Some doctors say that different strains of HIV can be passed between two positive people, and this can make existing treatment ineffective.
She says that way she hasn’t invested too much energy in the relationship before finding out whether having HIV makes her a no-go for a potential partner. It’s called reinfection, it can up your viral load, and it’s why many experts want you to continue using condoms (plus they also prevent other sexually transmitted infections).
For people with HIV, dating can be intimidating and fear of rejection might keep you from disclosing your status to dates.
Experts at AIDSInfo recommend that you remember every situation is different and you don’t have to tell everybody.
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(Rates for female-female couples are so low no research has been done.) Truvada is the only drug so far approved for Pre P.
Look, you don’t have to tell anyone about your HIV status until you’re ready emotionally or are about to engage in behavior that could put someone at risk (such as sex). Some women like to come out casually between dinner and dessert, while others mark it as a serious conversation to be had after the first date but before things get serious. Yes, you have a disability, but living with HIV is like living with any other chronic disease.