Diversity at its Best
Thank you for your contribution to disclosure of HIV to sex partners.
Allow for an explanation before you get all shocked and confused with the message in this photograph and conclude that she is promoting unsafe sex, when she is, in fact, doing the opposite.
She likes to party. She is responsible. She has bareback sex. She is HIV positive. She is diverse and she makes choices which keep her and any potential sex partner safe. She is also a potential criminal and can be charged with aggravated assault, the worst possible crime and be placed on a sex offenders list, possibly for life.
Someone who explained their strategy for safe sex as the following: “If you’re poz you can’t cum inside me, if you’re neg you can. So I assume by your actions whether or not it is safe”, is viewed as a victim with the heavy hand of the law on their side if needed. That is one fucked up sequence of logic, guaranteed to get them infected.This is why the message in this photograph makes so much more sense. Given what is known in terms of scientific evidence she is unlikely to transmit HIV to her sex partner, she plays safe and she is diverse. We cannot say the same with this other approach that relies on no negotiating, no diversity, no discussion and misplaced trust in too many unknowns.
It is time to stop and create a new messages which involves diversity, as it conveys what is safe,what is not and the reality.