Five years ago, at the age of 28, Karen Fratti was diagnosed with HIV.
No matter how much or how little they know about HIV or how short or how long they have been living with the virus, there seems to be only one singular concern on their mind: They are afraid of being rejected by a potential love interest because of their HIV status. Someone is going to shut you down before they get to know you because you are living with HIV.
These boys are looking for answers, but they are afraid of the one they might get. It sucks, it isn't fair, and there is nothing that you can do about how they feel.
But maybe you think you can overshadow the fear that your potential mate has of HIV.
AIDS is caused by a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which was originated in non-human primates in Central and West Africa.
While various sub-groups of the virus acquired human infectivity at different times, the global pandemic had its origins in the emergence of one specific strain – HIV-1 subgroup M – in Léopoldville in the Belgian Congo (now Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in the 1920s.