Forget everything you think you know about people living with HIV.Becky Mitchell is a picture of health – she teaches gym classes four times a week, always eats her five fruit and veg a day, and loves to cycle.In the summer of 2012, Becky had found a new lease of life after splitting with her husband.She eventually met someone new and, after a few months together, they started having unprotected sex.Five years ago, at the age of 28, Karen Fratti was diagnosed with HIV.“The positive result almost didn’t compute at first,” Fratti began in a powerful essay for Redbook published on Tuesday, January 24.
However, in the overwhelming majority of situations, power dynamics emerge unintentionally.
But not long afterwards she received an email from her partner’s ex-girlfriend that changed her life forever.
We got together and were really careful to start with.
Although the study is still ongoing, Carter said early results indicate that nearly half of women living with HIV in Canada are not in a relationship.
Women who experience a high level of HIV-related stigma are also less likely to be sexually active, she added.