I thought it would last six months or a year," he recalls. Burton was first diagnosed in the s, when much of America was still treating HIV and AIDS like a problem that didn't matter much because it supposedly only killed gay people and White House officials laughed about the problem. He describes those early years as living in "survival mode. But by the mid-'90s, as the first protease inhibitors were integrated into healthcare and HIV-positive people started getting a little less sick , it became clear there was still a life left to lead. But survivors still had to cope with the social stigma. You told your family about it and they were gone.
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The desire to love and be loved is inherent in each of us. HIV-infected people are no exception. They may even be more than the others, they need attention and care, a feeling next to a soul mate who will understand everything, will not judge and will always be there. If he or she has the same health problems, then it is easier to deal with any worries and anxieties together.
There are around 40 millions people with HIV. Dating with HIV can be difficult for anyone. It requires complete honesty and a certain level of disclosure before any sexual act.