HIV exceptionalism is the term given to the trend to treat HIV/AIDS in law and policy differently from other diseases, including other sexually transmitted, infectious, lethal diseases.
The term first appeared in print in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1991.
HIV exceptionalists emphasize the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly their rights to privacy, confidentiality, and autonomy.
They also believe that all people seeking an HIV test always require special services, such as counseling with every HIV test, special informed consent paperwork, and guaranteed anonymity in public health reporting.
Show off who you are as a person and let someone get to know you beyond your status.
Get out there and be unwavering about what you're looking for.
There are a lot of discussions we can have about emotions, especially if you are HIV positive and you are looking for a serious relationship.
And when I say "out there," I mean start engaging in activities that interest you.
You never know who you may run into in your art class, at a support group, during that theater workshop, while volunteering, or on your gaming forum...
It is their responsibility to disclose their HIV-positive status, and the duty is fully on them to ensure they prevent the spreading of their infection.
Social structures are organized in a way that people living with HIV feel that they are unable to pursue "normal" intimate relationships unless they turn to alternative means.