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Oh what a different world it would be if we all knew how to navigate the tricky and treacherous battlefield that is the gay dating scene.
" asks Prince Harry, as he finds out about HIV self test kits.Well over 8,000 people have already tested with one of our free HIV postal tests. https://t.co/q Kpod AQwj H #HIVTest Week — It Starts With Me (@startswith_me) November 20, 2017 ‘Some people also say they don’t date or sleep with people ‘like me’, to which my response is ‘that you know of’,’ the clinical hypnotherapist and personal trainer from Luton said.‘The truth is they may have slept with people who have HIV and don’t know it or even guys who know their status but haven’t said for fear of rejection, because there are a lot of gay men who remain undiagnosed.Chris said he went to the Mortimer Market clinic after finding out he was positive, and ‘cannot thank them enough’ for the support an education they gave him.‘At a time when my father was terminally ill and having lost two friends to suicide, having a HIV diagnosis destroyed me.‘HIV testing should be as normal and as regular as going to the dentist or getting your hair cut.
‘My hope is that my words will encourage, inspire and educate everyone to get tested, start talking!
#HIVTest Week kicks off on Saturday 18 November: https://t.co/AR1N925XZ7 pic.twitter.com/b5g1c Hrb1I — Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) November 1, 2017 He’s speaking out for the first time to encourage others to get tested, and says perceptions of the illness need to change. I am on effective medication and undetectable, meaning I can’t pass on HIV to anyone.’ When he was diagnosed two years ago, he felt ‘catatonic’.
‘Before I was diagnosed I was very fearful of HIV, and scared if people I was dating were HIV positive and if they’d pass it onto me,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t told I was HIV positive in the greatest way, but on reflection it saved my life,’ Chris said.
It is one thing to admit that you are open to finding love. Of course, gays who are too eager for love come in the form of both statuses, but an HIV-positive man is a particular breed of desperate.
It is quite another to constantly be wondering why you don't have a boyfriend. These guys will often approach a first date with the hope that their potential match will be able to overlook their positive status and give them a chance in spite of it all.
‘There is still so much stigma out there that needs confronting, especially in the gay community,’ he said.