'I grew up in a small Wiltshire village called West Tytherley and it was hard to keep any secrets – so in September 1997, two months after I was diagnosed HIV-positive, I decided to stop all the gossiping and make an announcement.
The silence afterwards was deafening, so I walked to the bar and ordered a JD and coke.
You know, that’s something that happens to other people. The person that gave me HIV did not disclose to me, and later disclosed to me after the fact.” Both women work for Seattle’s Babe’s Network. Dating is hard enough as it is, but having to tell someone that you’re HIV positive makes it even harder.
The mum of three – and grandmother of four – had unprotected sex with a man she met through internet dating.Except for a couple of flirtations with relationships since my last big one I’ve started to wonder about the part HIV plays in the difficulties I have always had finding lasting love. It lies in bed between you demanding a part in the proceedings. I believed that if I was honest about it from the start then there was less potential for disaster. And then I would declare my status and more often than not would receive thanks in return for my honesty.And seldom would the interesting stranger walk away.How successful are HIV people at maintaining long term sexual relationships?How contented are those that are successful in their longevity?