Several decades ago being HIV positive was a real scandal. Every time some celebrity would come out of the HIV closet, tabloids had a party. Today, many people are living with this disease and it is still a major health concern. However, people still have a lot of misconceptions about HIV/AIDS.
If you found a person you really like, and they are HIV positive, you surely have some worries and doubts. Many people with HIV are combating various myths every day. If you are willing to try HIV dating, you should know the difference between a myth and the truth. So, let’s begin.
HIV is a death sentence
Don’t avoid dating someone with HIV just because you think they will die. Well, yes they are, and so are we, but HIV doesn’t have to be the reason. With proper treatment, people with HIV can live a normal life span. So don’t be afraid to fall in love with your match.
You can tell if someone is positive by looking at them
Most of the time, you can’t. There are no visible signs of HIV. In some cases, people develop HIV symptoms shortly after being infected. For others, it can take up to 10 years for symptoms to appear. You should know that the first symptoms of HIV are fever, fatigue, and muscle aches, and they only last for a few weeks.
Straight people don’t have to worry about HIV
Being HIV positive has very little to do with sexual orientation. The highest risk group is men who have sex with men. However, 25 percent of all HIV positive people are heterosexuals.
HIV positive people can’t have healthy children
If you are HIV positive dating it doesn’t mean you can’t have children. While it’s impossible to guarantee that the infection won’t pass on to the child, there are ways to greatly reduce the risk. HIV positive woman can take antiretroviral therapy before and during pregnancy. As long they take their medication correctly and have an undetectable viral load, the likelihood of transmitting the infection to their child is pretty slim to none.
HIV always leads to AIDS
HIV causes AIDS, but it doesn’t mean all positive individuals will actually develop AIDS. With current therapies, maintaining a healthy immune system for a long time is possible.
So, HIV is no big deal?
People who think like this often practice carefree and reckless sexual behavior. Because of the successful treatments, many individuals have lost fear of HIV. This has caused them to engage in risky behaviors. HIV is a big deal, so if always be safe and use protection.
If you test negative for HIV, you don’t have it
If you or your partner was recently infected with HIV, it may not show up on an HIV test until about three months later. If you are having regular sex, get tested every three months, just to be on the safe side. This way you will always be aware of your health condition and if needed get treatment on time.