Youth HIV Prevention Specialist, The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, Falls Church, Va., Diagnosed in 1999
Relationships to me have always been so difficult, but I've found out that dating is so nice. It's a wonderful thing to have people that just like you for you, and not like you for what goes on behind closed doors.
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I don't want to be alone forever. I'm definitely looking. But right now, I'm just enjoying my work. I'm enjoying meeting wonderful people. And I have relationships with people that are just truly platonic relationships. It's a way of being in relationships and having many of them.
I love talking to people. People tell me that I have a nice smile. People tell me that I have a nice personality. So it's never been a difficult thing for me to meet people. ... I'm not exclusive about it, but I find it easier to date other positive people. The disclosure issue is not so difficult. We have something more in common to talk about. So I think mostly the people that are involved in my life right now are people who are positive, because that's pretty much the circle that I'm in.
I know we put people in categories. Are you gay? Straight? Questioning? Bisexual? Or whatever? I travel mostly in the gay community at this point, as far as socializing. But all I am is just a person that wants love. And I'm not going to stop my blessing from wherever it comes from, at this point.