Dating for the chronically ill

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However, many of the women I worked with did go on to develop healthy relationships.

Some are married, some have had a series of partners, friends, lovers etc.

Revealing your HIV status, particularly during the early years of the AIDS epidemic was a fearful experience, not only because of the rejection, but also the concern that they might tell others.

At a time when people lost jobs and housing because of their HIV status, there were many issues to be dealt with when disclosing to a date.

That noted, many of people I know that are recently coupled, regardless of age, sexual orientation or diagnosis, have met through on-line dating.

According to various different rankings,, Zoosk, e-Harmony, Elite consistently appear among the top five sites.

One woman had the biohazard sign and HIV tattooed near her pelvis.

Below are some of the things I learned about dating from these women: • The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are not your diagnosis.

Yes, it is part of your life, but it’s just that “part” and not “all” of it.

You have much to offer others, so your health issues are just one part of who you are.

• Don’t settle for someone because “they’ll have me.” You can end up in a very unhealthy and/or abusive relationship by believing it’s better to be with somebody then to be alone.

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