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How to Date an HIV-Negative Guy

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The aftermath of an HIV diagnosis can often leave you with so much to think about that you sometimes forget what life was like when you were HIV-negative. When the shock wears off and you get a handle on your virus, life starts to resemble something close to normal. Before you know it, the time has come to start dating again.

You might think it would be easier to date someone with HIV, but your status has nothing to do with chemistry, compatibility, or sexual attraction. You deserve to be with someone who is the right match, regardless of your status or theirs.

As much as you worry about how someone will treat you because of your status, there are a few things to be aware of before dating someone who is HIV-negative. Pay attention, and you may just live happily ever after — or at least not break up over HIV.


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Cut him some slack.

As long as he is willing to learn, give your date some time to ask questions and become comfortable with your status. After all, it took you a while to figure it out; it will take some time for him as well. Let him know that he can ask any question he wants. Make him feel comfortable enough to talk about any concerns he may have. Soon enough, he will feel at ease with it and you two can move on to more important topics.


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