For Poz Guys
on Talking About HIV Status
Divulging your HIV status:
Receiving the info:
Be Safe & Have Fun!
Sexually transmitted diseases Fucking other positive guys without condoms can increase your risk of exposure to other STDs. Most of these can be treated but some can be more difficult to treat if you have HIV. Cytomegalovirus can become a serious opportunistic illness in HIV-positive people. While in some cases HAART may minimize the impact of an STD, in other people STDs can cause serious permanent damage to positive guys. Some STDs (herpes, genital warts) can be spread even if you are using condoms. Also, having HIV makes it easier for you to get and pass on other STDs. If you are HIV-positive and sexually active it is highly recommended that you get screened for STDs every 3 months to avoid potential permanent damage to your health.
Reinfection For some time there has been a debate about what risks are posed to positive men by exposure to different strains of HIV, and whether such exposure can result in re-infection (or “super infection”) where someone is infected with more than one type of HIV. The presumed risk to an already positive guy would be from acquiring a drug resistant strain that may result in more rapid damage to the immune system, limit treatment options, and/or affect the success of current treatment.
Plenty of evidence now exists that the chance for reinfection is real.... It is just uncommon. But, it can be devastating for those who experience reinfection. If your partner has a resistant strain then you should talk to your doctor about respective treatment histories and risk reduction strategies.
discrimination and HIV
That's quite a mixed message. Tell me if you are positive, but don't expect me to fuck around with you if you are. There is a shared responsibility here. If negative guys expect positive guys to reveal their status, they should be prepared to hear that information and respond in a manner that is respectful, sensitive and responsible. Giving someone a hostile rejection will not encourage them to reveal their status in the future. Are you prepared for a positive response?
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