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ENGLISH HIV guy. On the

ENGLISH HIV guy. On the other hand, I know that I tend to think too much. I waited too much for the right moment and I think I just missed it. Bastian Castillo Photographer: Jörg Jasper Do you experience discrimination when dating because you are HIV positive? I would rather call it ignorance. Often when you tell someone, there is simply no more feedback or the topic is kept silent. It‘s always a balancing act. I‘ve tried both: direct confrontation but also slowly building trust and only then talking about my status. Personally, I think the silence and being ignored are worse than direct rejection. What is also noticeable is that many men are not really well informed. Some people ask me if it is safe to kiss me. Of course that‘s ok! And since PrEP has existed, I‘ve often heard that they want to have sex with men on PrEP, but not with someone who is HIV positive. This is very confusing for me because you end up taking similar medications and the risk is basically the same. And how do you explain it to someone who doesn‘t see or understand it that way? It depends on how open the other person is. At some point, you get tired of having to have this discussion and do the convincing-- especially when the other person has their opinion and doesn‘t want to know anything else. To many, it just sounds better when someone is negative on PrEP than positive on therapy. The risk of contracting HIV from either of them remains the same. It‘s kind of ironic, but mostly sad that HIV still carries such a stigma. Isn‘t it also difficult to be completely authentic in an environment like Prince Charming? Not necessarily so, but it is definitely a stressful situation. Every candidate wants to show himself from his best side, everyone wants the prince‘s attention. The pressure to get noticed is very high. If you‘re boring, you’re out. Is that why the Prince let you go in the third episode? Well, it was a surprise for many in the villa, but it was probably also because the prince is more into the twinky sweet types. I‘m not that sad either, the experience was just amazing. What did you take home for yourself? I met really exciting people and made some friends there. I also have to say that I‘m really proud of everyone who took part in the season. Everyone is unique and I realized once again how great, diverse and beautiful our community is. Interview: Torsten Schwick MediosApotheke Oranienburger Tor Friedrichstraße 113a, 10117 Berlin, T (030) 283 35 30 MediosApotheke Hackescher Markt Rosenthaler Straße 46/47, 10178 Berlin, T (030) 282 78 76, Inh. Anike Oleski e. Kfr. Daniel Korup Schwerpunkt HIV Für dich da! Amon Ottersberg Schwerpunkt HIV 92 CHECK | AUSGABE 3

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