True Story
by David Hancock

“Back in 2001 or ‘02, I met a guy in New York City. His name was Guillermo and he was a sexy little beast. I wasn’t smitten, but we had some fun. Skating on the river, phone conversations; more than just hooking up. Two weeks after we met, he called me on the phone and said, “Look, I have to tell you something.” I listened and then assured him it was not a problem. And then I never spoke to him again.

To Guillermo and other poz dudes: I’m really sorry for the shitty way I’ve treated you through the years. The way I coldfished you after you put your cards on the table. Or how I’ve sped past your online profiles when I saw the “+” sign.

I wouldn’t open my heart for you, even a little. I was too scared. And then it just became an engrained habit to excise you. In 2014, I want to free my mind. I want to shake off knee-jerk behaviors that are rooted in decades-old fears. I’m tired of living in fear of HIV.

[Continued….]

Aundaray Guess: Springing into Love
The arrival of spring means out with the old and in with the new. This is also the season when we’re open for something new in our lives. We’re looking for romance. But how do you find love when you’re HIV positive? It’s a task which can seem insurmountable in any circumstance, and adding the stigmatization of the disease and feeling less valued because of it, makes one often ask; why bother?

Aundaray Guess: Springing into Love

The arrival of spring means out with the old and in with the new. This is also the season when we’re open for something new in our lives. We’re looking for romance.

But how do you find love when you’re HIV positive? It’s a task which can seem insurmountable in any circumstance, and adding the stigmatization of the disease and feeling less valued because of it, makes one often ask; why bother?

Heart to Heart : Three HIV-positive couples share their inspiring love stories.
Living with HIV doesn’t mean you have to live without love and romance. Plenty of positive people have met, and married, their soul mates. How do these couples make it work? What role does the virus play in their relationships and health? And what advice can they offer lovelorn singles and struggling couples? Three long-term couples—in which both partners are HIV positive—get to the heart of the matter.
Read more… http://www.poz.com/articles/positive_couples_2757_23314.shtml

Heart to Heart : Three HIV-positive couples share their inspiring love stories.

Living with HIV doesn’t mean you have to live without love and romance. Plenty of positive people have met, and married, their soul mates. How do these couples make it work? What role does the virus play in their relationships and health? And what advice can they offer lovelorn singles and struggling couples? Three long-term couples—in which both partners are HIV positive—get to the heart of the matter.

Read more… http://www.poz.com/articles/positive_couples_2757_23314.shtml