Making the decision to come out as a gay man living with HIV wasn’t easy for me. I felt like I was leaping off a diving board, unsure of whether the waters would be welcoming or shark-infested. But I knew that once I’d taken that leap, there was no going back. 

I’m aware that the decision to be open about my status was easier for me than it may be for many others. I’m employed and (for obvious reasons) all of my colleagues are well informed about HIV. I live in a city with high numbers of other people who are also living with HIV so I’m hardly isolated. And I’m not looking for a boyfriend, or even a shag, so I don’t suffer the dreary drip-feed of sexual rejection that so many others do when they choose to be open about their status....

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