Not to mention that we’re still bombarded with graphic images and stories about HIV ravaging today’s third world.Sure, you and your sister know all of this in a theoretical, textbook sense.But there are some pretty haunting images still fresh in people’s minds from a very ugly outbreak that took place not too long ago.So a lot of the fears plaguing you might have to do with outdated images from the days when HIV was a much more urgent crisis.Provided that your pos partner catches the virus early enough, they should be able to keep their health in check pretty easily. He’s not going to drop dead on you out of the blue, at least not on account of the disease.
My standards are “no glove, no love”, so the issue of safe-sex isn’t a problem here, and both my sister and I are in school for medical degrees, so we’re pretty educated on this subject. I don’t know if either of you has run into this situation with a friend, or Will has with any of his past boyfriends, but your advice would be greatly appreciated because I am utterly torn in what to do. I can definitely say that you are not alone in your dilemma.
Neither of us have had any personal experience with that issue in our dating lives, but that doesn’t mean that we’re completely in the dark on this issue.
HIV isn’t just a mystical curse, it’s a real condition that affects real people every single day: straight, gay, bi, trans…the whole nine yards.
Luckily, these days, it doesn’t have to affect very much of a person’s day to day life.
Sure, there are added responsibilities such as medication, regular medical exams, not to mention certain precautions (which, as you noted, should be normal protocol anyway).
Other than that, though, a positive person has the capability to live a very normal, healthy, happy life, as do their partners and loved ones.