I was working at an HIV/AIDS awareness information fair in Toronto and met a student who was my age.
He pretended to be into the pamphlets but was really interested in me.
If I’m being honest, the fact that he didn’t know much about HIV probably turned me off a bit too.
And he wasn’t the only date to turn a romantic meal into a classroom session.
My colleague didn’t disclose my status because he didn’t know if that would be out of line or not (for the record, I wouldn’t have minded). I later found out that he had seen an article about me in the , and he was cool with it. One of the questions I’m often asked is: For me, personally and according to a recent statement from Dr.
During the date, we were talking about how I was going to be travelling for a health conference, and I blurted out my status. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, the answer is about 0 percent.
Would that force my family and me to pick up and leave?
I wondered if he told his family they might think I was “dirty.” Or think my parents were.
I wondered what would happen if the whole city found out.
On some LGBTQ dating sites, there is an option to check a box if you’re HIV-positive.
After talking to a few people who use those sites, I realized a lot of people don’t feel comfortable disclosing that way. Sometimes I want my status to be the first thing I bring up, like I’m wearing it on a shirt.
When I was 13 years old, I remembering telling myself, “I haven’t even kissed a boy and I have an STI.” That’s how the kids in my class and I were taught about HIV, an infection that I’ve had since birth. A bit about me: I’m 24, living in the Greater Toronto Area and a Gemini who works as a freelance journalist. My mother contracted HIV after my father had several affairs, and she was unaware of her status when she got pregnant, gave birth and breastfed me.
We both found out that we were HIV positive when we came to Canada in 1995. Over the years, I have learned to accept my status and love myself—but finding partners who feel the same is not always easy.