As I know it has for many diagnosed with HIV."—Joshua "I recently joined the site to simply peruse the personals in search of other poz men.Only by accident did I realize what a terrific site this is. "—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!I've been a POZ Personals member for a few years now, and this past December finally met a really special guy. And it wouldn't have happened without your website. Perhaps we would have never crossed paths without this infection. And what about the day I marry her and we want to have kids? Firstly it is really good that you love and support and want to start a family with your girlfriend.Telling someone that you're HIV-positive is rarely easy. Disclosing can relieve the burden of keeping a secret, plus you'll hopefully add to your support system. Still, "This is a very personal disease and no one needs to know everything," says Guy Anthony, who is HIV-positive."You own your narratives; you own your body." "Disclosure is a case-by-case situation," says Kevin V.Anderson, community outreach and education coordinator at AIDS Foundation Houston.
"Tell the people that you think really care." "Especially with your family and friends, it shouldn't be a secret," Anderson says, because hiding the fact that you're HIV-positive from those who love you is a way of buying into the idea that it's something to be ashamed of.
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Sometimes the fear of disclosure is so great that people will access online dating sites like or to meet their match, or turn to anonymous hook-up sites where they can post their HIV status online.
(While the popularity of these sites speak for themselves, there are a number of precautions one should always take in an online dating environment.)Dating in real life, of course, doesn't afford such shortcuts.