At least in the US, only 6% say they would be open to having a relationship with an HIV-positive individual, while 78% of the respondents said they were not open to it and 16% said they were undecided.
Of these, more men than women (8% versus 5%) were open to a relationship with an HIV-positive partner, while 19% of the women versus 13% of the men were unsure.
These were the findings of a survey done by adamandeve.com, source for adult products in the US. This time, the company asked over 1,000 adults if they would be open to having a relationship with someone who is HIV positive.
“HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is a sexually transmitted infection that, if left untreated, can cause AIDS,” said Dr. Kat Van Kirk of adamandeve.com. “With around 1.2 million Americans now living with HIV, and advances in medical treatment, you would think that the virus would lose much of the stigma it had for so many years. Many couples that include one HIV positive partner (sero-discordant) compare it to living with any other chronic disease with the successful use of safer sex practices.”
The web-based survey, conducted by an independent third party survey company, of over 1,000 American adults age 18 and up, was sponsored by adamandeve.com to study sexual preferences and practices.