Growing evidence suggests that as HIV medicines become more efficacious, HIV-positive individuals taking antiretroviral medications are significantly less likely to transmit the virus to a sexual partner than someone not taking medication.In fact, in a study of almost 3,000 monogamous serodiscordant couples, it was found that with the use of antiretroviral therapy, only 3.4 percent of sexually active couples would transmit HIV from the infected to uninfected partner over a period of 100 years.
“I thought it would last six months or a year.” His community has lead to others, such as Positive Singles (for people with HIV and herpes) and Hope (for people with herpes and other STIs) The sites’ interfaces resemble Tinder in all but one way: They also give users the option to reveal their particular diagnoses.
These services are only for people with STIs, which has provided a refuge for daters looking to avoid stigma.
But dating sites such as HIVNet, a community for people living with HIV that launched in 2001, are trying to reduce the stigma.
“It was started for purely selfish reasons,” the site’s founder, Rick Burton, who is HIV-positive, tells Vice.
On mainstream dating Web sites, such as Plenty of Fish, 27-year-old Canadian John Anderson says he’s faced rejection since contracting herpes.
But he says he’s found a safe space with these STI-friendly sites.
“The disclosure is stressful in the beginning, but then becomes almost empowering,” Anderson tells Vice.
“You are with people who have been through exactly what you are going through and know exactly how you feel .
"Met a truly exceptional guy on this site back in August and am now off the market! I'm with the best girlfriend I've ever had and owe it all to the site and their willingness to provide the community with a free dating service. From a very happy guy in San Diego."—Guy39sd "I just wanted to say thanks!
"—Russ "I would like to thank you for this website. We have so much in common and the love we have is real. I love frank and he loves me equally."—Isaiah "POZ personals ROCKS!
There's no shame in having HIV and being honest with a prospective date about it.