Dating after you have been diagnosed with HIV seems like a distant memory. First, there is the initial shock and fear for your overall health, then comes the realization that you are going to have to make some major changes to your lifestyle. Dating is one of them. It is not going to be easy, but there is no reason to give up on finding love. If you don’t want to go through the process of explaining your situation on each new date, you could try dating within a black HIV dating community, or some other smaller dating pool if that is where you feel most at home. It will remove the awkwardness of explaining that you have HIV and you can speak more freely. Of course, finding the right dating environment is just one of the obstacles, there are others that you need to conquer in order to have a full love life despite your diagnosis.
Recent research from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) has found that people with HIV who get adequate treatment now have a similar life expectancy to those who are HIV-negative.
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