People with HIV go to the movies, dance, swim, take vacations, go out with friends, work, go to college, and yes, they date. Dating is no different for someone with HIV. If your partner is well informed about your condition and he/she offers you acceptance and love, there is no reason why you can’t have a happy dating relationship.
HIV dating online gives you the opportunity to date people with HIV. But if you have already found your partner and they are negative, there is no reason this relationship couldn’t work. Here are some things you should consider if you’ve decided to date and build a relationship with an HIV negative person.
Take care of yourself
You must get the proper treatment for HIV. With recent drug therapy, the viral load can be greatly reduced. If you follow your treatment plan, it’s less likely that your partner will get infected. They will also have a peace of mind knowing that you are properly taking caring of yourself.
Always, but always use protection. There is no excuse. Use condoms during intimacy at all times. You are still at risk from other sexually transmitted infections. By using protection you will keep both you and your partner safe.
Protect your partner
Transmission of HIV is generally done through body fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid and any other body fluids that contain blood. Kissing is the most natural part of a relationship, but when you have HIV you should be extra careful. Closed-mouth kissing does not present a risk, but French kissing can cause exposure if your gums are infected or bleeding. Daily contact such as hugging and holding hands does not transmit HIV.
Don’t make a big deal out of it
HIV is something you have, not who you are. If you comfortable with your status, your partner will probably be too. Never apologize for your condition as if you had done something wrong. Use protection and focus on other more important parts of your relationship. If you need some advice, someone from HIV dating community will surely be willing to help you.
Communicate with your family and friends
If you want to have a good relationship with someone, you have to be honest with your loved ones. Letting them know you have HIV is crucial for having a healthy support system.
Give your partner all the information they need
If your partner is dating someone with HIV for the first time, it is expected that he will have a million questions for you. Don’t take it the wrong way, they are not judging you, they just want to know more about you and ways to stay safe. Communication is the key to a successful relationship, so keep their mind at ease by giving them all the necessary information.