Most people living with HIV think carefully about whether or not to tell people that they have HIV (sometimes called disclosure). People often make different choices in relation to friends, family, children, sexual partners, employers and others.

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  • What I’ve learned about online dating as a woman living with HIV

    My advice to someone who is newly diagnosed and looking to date is to take your time. Get your head around living with HIV, and then step out into the world of dating.

    02 August 2018 | The i
  • Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

    There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

    12 July 2018 | Irish Times
  • This new dating research proves so many people still believe outdated HIV myths

    A shocking number of people wouldn't swipe right on an HIV positive person who was on effective treatment.

    09 July 2018 | Cosmopolitan
  • Dating While HIV Positive

    POZ Personals members share their dating advice.

    19 June 2018 | Poz
  • ‘Last week I tested positive for HIV. My world imploded.’

    A gay man’s decision to announce his HIV diagnosis on Twitter has prompted an outpouring of support. Henry says he would have taken PrEP were it available: ‘I would have, and had asked my sexual health clinic about getting on the PrEP trials last year but there weren’t enough spaces.’

    12 June 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Eight HIV-Positive Folks Talk (Anonymously) About Why They Stay in the HIV Closet

    Disclosing one's HIV status in the workplace or in traditional and social media can have its pros and cons. It can make us feel freer and more empowered and help reduce societal HIV stigma -- but in many places, it can still put us at risk for discrimination and emotional (even perhaps physical) harm. Here's why eight very HIV-positive folks out there in the U.S. choose not to disclose to anyone but close family, friends, and lovers -- even as some of them say they want to go public!

    27 April 2018 | The Body
  • Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Grindr: Frank Pasquale Talks About Big Data and HIV Disclosure

    Recent scandals involving Facebook's selling the data of its users to Cambridge Analytica and gay-dating app Grindr's mea culpa on selling data on the HIV status of its users have raised a lot of questions about privacy and the unintended consequences for people with HIV, or using PrEP, or just searching for information on those issues on social media. I spoke to Frank Pasquale, J.D., M.Phil., professor of law with the University of Maryland about these issues. Pasquale is an expert on the law of big data, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and algorithms.

    11 April 2018 | The Body
  • I’m Completely Open About Having HIV – But Not On Grindr

    I have my height, I have my photo, I have what I’m into, but I don’t have my HIV status on there.

    06 April 2018 | Huffington Post
  • Grindr’s HIV data-sharing has betrayed the LGBTQ world

    The gay dating app has responsibilities to the communities it serves. These do not include passing intimate information to third parties.

    06 April 2018 | The Guardian
  • Grindr was a safe space for gay men. Its HIV status leak betrayed us.

    The reason many men feel comfortable posting their status underneath a picture of themselves is because Grindr is considered to be for gay men only. No one needs to worry about their straight coworkers, concerned mothers, prying neighbours, or busybody pastors logging on and finding out something they are comfortable revealing only to potential dates and sex partners.

    04 April 2018 | The Guardian
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