Other goals include encouraging people to consent to the test by, for example, preventing the government from associating a positive test result with an identifiable individual, or preventing other healthcare professionals from learning that the individual had ever been tested, even if the test result was negative.
Gay men 44 -86 times more likely to be infected with HIV; Gay have consistently represented the largest percentage of persons diagnosed with AIDS and persons with an AIDS diagnosis who have died.
It is best to be upfront about being HIV-positive before the first date.
HIV exceptionalists believe that despite advances in HIV disease treatment, there is compelling evidence that the social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS continues to result in frequent discrimination against and rejection of people with HIV/AIDS.
Discrimination against persons with HIV typically originates with irrational fears about casual transmission of HIV or on societal devaluation of specific sexual identities and behaviors (gay men, men on the "down low," bisexual men, MSM, anal sex, multiple sexual partners, transactional sex) and illegal substance use (injection drug users of illegal narcotics).
If that's not depressing enough, these men also face a health crisis.
One out of four black gay and bisexual men will be HIV-positive by the time they turn 25 years old. Activists want that number repeated over and over to drive it home: At the current rate of infection, nearly 60 percent of this group will test HIV-positive by their 40th birthday.
HIV exceptionalism is the term given to the trend to treat HIV/AIDS differently from other diseases, including other sexually transmitted, infectious, lethal diseases in law and policy.
The term first appeared in print in an article in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics in 1991.
Are these two factors — racism in dating and the HIV crisis — related? A 2014 study shows among black men who have sex with men, 45 percent of sexual encounters were with other black men.
The researchers who identified that unusually high number didn't explore what caused it. These men are dating within a smaller social network, the researchers concluded, which leads to a higher statistical likelihood of contracting the virus.
A good HIV dating site is not just to help you find your love but also expose you to the group of people who have HIV.