It’s important to have conversations with your partner about safer sex and healthy relationships, but that can be a lot easier said than done. Worried about how your new or existing guy is going to react? You’re not alone, many men have those fears.
What are your tips on how to get the conversation started?
Here are some suggestions other guys have found helpful in having these conversations:
Don’t wait until the heat of the moment to start talking about HIV. It’s better to talk about it earlier rather than later...certainly before you have sex.
Some men who are living with HIV have suggested that it helps to talk about their status early in the relationship. Disclosing you are HIV-positive after you've become close to someone can cause your partner to feel as though you have kept something important from him.
Don’t force it. Find the right time and place to have a conversation. You can schedule a time to talk or have spontaneous conversations in a setting where you are comfortable. A conversation does not have to be face-to-face. Whether you talk, type, or text what is important is that you start the conversation about HIV.
More tips and info: http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/convo.html