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Disclosing status in personal profiles.
May 10, 2006

Hey Bob, I love your responses. Nowadays with privacy and HIPPA so important, I am concerned about listing in an online profile, such as Manhunt, that I'm HIV positive. I am afraid of the backlash from my employer, co-worker, or family member that doesn't know and finds out. I don't want to deceive anyone but I don't see people listing that they have diabetes, MS, etc. in their profiles. Shouldn't everyone be practicing safe sex anyway? I guess I just don't want to be "discriminated" against if someone won't give me a chance just because of my status. I wish I had the courage to just be "out" with my status. It has been such a long battle with coming out as being gay; now I have this other big hurdle to jump over.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Wow, your employer, co-workers and family members are all on Manhunt??? Kwel!!!!

I see no reason why your only options are disclosing your status in your profile versus deceiving potential future ex-boyfriends. Under "HIV status", why not just leave it blank or type in "ask me." That way once you get to the "call me on my cell phone" stage, you can discuss it man to man(hunt).

As for being "discriminated" against because of your status, remember the people who matter won't mind and the people who mind don't matter, OK?

Ciao. Happy hunting (manhunting that is).

Dr. Bob



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