04/15/2013 01:57 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

How To Discuss HIV Health Issues With Non-Poz Folks

Social situations relating to HIV are confusing, and not just to those who are free of the virus. When I first tested positive four years ago, finding mutually beneficial ways to comport myself and healthily interact with those not living with HIV was a murky and unknown topic that has taken me a long time to understand.

I’ve learned mostly through trial and error. But being on the receiving end of problematic statements and behaviors highlighted many boundaries that I hadn’t initially considered; society’s stigma taught me the etiquette that I prefer in negotiating interpersonal relationships with sero-negative people.

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