Risks dating someone hiv positive
“And he gave me HIV,” he dropped into the tequila-laced conversation.
“HIV is the gay scene’s boogie man,” said DJ Mark Ashley-Dupe in our Young People’s Discussion of HIV.
I could deal with the drugs and the escorting - working on the Soho gay scene I was never very far from either - but the virus was one small step for man, one giant leap for my mind.
In the past six years I’ve learnt a lot more about HIV, and dated two positive guys. Cute and I were drunk when he started talking about an abusive ex-relationship.
I remember phoning up the NHS Direct helpline, telling them I’d had my tongue up this boy’s ass, and asking whether I needed PEP.
A lovely lady at the other end of the phone carefully but clearly explained: “No, babe.” Yet his status was why I didn’t call up the boy again.