Just the stigma around this illness makes it hard for people to believe that HIV-positive doesn’t mean a death sentence.
The false information and all myths around this illness can make it so difficult to date with HIV. Some people still believe the 1980’ rumors that HIV can be passed by kissing or from toilet seats.
However, 40 years have passed since then, so people need to educate themselves and have a clear understanding of the disease. If a person who is HIV-positive takes medication regularly, and the viral load in their blood is categorized as ‘undetectable’ then it’s impossible to pass the illness onto anyone.
Telling people you are HIV-positive
The crucial thing is to accept the diagnosis and understand it’s treatable. After that, you need to start telling people you consider close. Choosing to share with your family and friends may be helpful since you won’t go through the whole process alone. When it comes to your potential partners, you don’t have a choice – you must tell them.
Who to tell?
There isn’t an ideal approach to tell the person you want to have sex with that you’re diagnosed with HIV. You need to be prepared that some people won’t be okay with that, no matter how gently you explain to them your condition.
We’re here to tell you that it’s okay. Everyone can reject you, whether the reason is your political opinion, how you drink your coffee, or your HIV-positive status. Finding the special one is hard even if you weren’t diagnosed.
However, if someone rejects you strictly because of your HIV status, you need to respect his or her decision and try to move on. Don’t let their decision affect your confidence, and remember you’re more than your HIV status.
Someone will accept all of you. In this case, your partner must understand your condition completely. Work together and help them understand how the virus can be transmitted; help them learn.
How to tell?
You should keep things as simple as possible and give as much information as you want.
No matter how understanding they are, you’ll get follow-up questions. They’ll probably ask you ‘Who passed it to you?’ It’s up to you how much information you want to disclose. You don’t owe anyone your complete medical history.
And if you act or feel it’s your fault, you’ll just reinforce the stigma around the illness. Relax and think about how many diagnosed people have found their happiness.
When to tell that you are HIV- positive?
You can disclose your HIV status in two ways – before or after the kiss. If you choose the first approach, you need to tell your potential partner before you go out on a date. He/she will have time to process the information and if they choose to go out with you, then you’ll be on the clear. However, with this approach, the chances for rejection are higher since they’ll face a roadblock before getting to know you.
If you choose to tell the potential partner after a few dates, then you’ll get the chance to see if there’s a spark between you. They’ll get to know you before learning about your medical history. However, many people may feel deceived by this approach.
Listen to your gut and do what feels right since there is not an ideal approach. How things will go, depend mostly on the other person. When HIV positive, dating life becomes more difficult but it doesn’t have to be over.
How to safely celebrate Halloween during COVID-19
We are still amid a pandemic, so it is no surprise that Halloween will look different this year.
We have some Halloween ideas to keep the holiday spooky while staying safe. The trick-or-treating and the celebrations will look different, but we’ll have them!
Halloween will look different this year since we all have to wear masks, sanitize often, and practice social distancing. But in some ways, this year will make for the perfect Halloween. Well, the holiday is on Saturday and it is a “blue moon”. This event only happens once every few years.
Here are some ideas on interesting, COVID-friendly ideas to celebrate Halloween.
Have a Halloween parade of costumes
Costumes are a huge part of Halloween celebrations, especially for children, and it would be disappointing if they did not get to show off their new costumes. The solution is to have a parade of costumes.
You can organize the parade with children in the same apartment complex or neighborhood. Of course, you need to stay socially distanced as you march down a safe route. You can play music and wave glow sticks to make things more interesting. There are many ways to customize your event for your area.
Grab-and-go instead of trick-or-treating
Door-to-door trick-or-treating is off the table. But you can do table-to-table this year. You can put tables outdoors, in front of your home, or at the end of your driveway, with candies spread out for kids to grab. Still, you need to wear a mask and go along with a small group of friends.
Create a “spooky” egg hunt
The egg hunt is so popular during Easter. Well, you can replicate the idea with a Halloween twist. You can send your children or friends on a “haunted hunt” for candies. You can make it exactly like an Easter egg hunt, but with spooky stuff and scary music, followed by a scary movie, candies, and popcorn afterward.
This idea is so great that it can work for a family staying home or it can be another way for treat-or-trick. Your neighbors could still stop for candy if they maintain social distance. You should just scatter the candies on your lawn, and the trick-or-treaters can pick up 1 or 2.
Host Zoom Halloween Party
You can easily host a dance or costume party on Zoom for your friends and family. Yes, there should be alcohol involved. Don’t forget to create a great playlist for everyone to enjoy and shake their costumes too. Oh, and everyone gets to show off their costumes on camera.
While on Zoom, you can also host pumpkin-carving contests. Gather with your friends to carve and decorate pumpkins from your homes, so everyone is safe and sound. You can share interesting and spooky stories while you craft. Of course, the winner should get a prize. You could send virtual prizes or a real package to their home.
Are you a fan of white wine? Learn everything about Moscato
Moscato white wine is produced from the Muscat grapes family. The Muscat grape is grown in all of Italy, making for a diversity of styles and flavors. It is also grown in South America, France, and Australia, and is one of the first grapes in history. There are more than 200 Muscat grapes varieties, but the most famous ones are Muscat of Alexandria and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.
If you are a fan of floral and fruity wine, the choice for you definitely is Moscato white wine. Sweet white wine Moscato can be sparkling, still, and fortified.
How does Moscato white wine taste?
It is a sweet wine known for its fruity flavors of orange and peaches blossom. It is ideal if you are a new wine enthusiast and seeking a lighter-bodied, sweeter wine, low in alcohol. If you want an easy-drinking and light type of wine, this delicious, fizzy, and frothy wine is the perfect choice for you. Moscato is high in sugar but with low acid, both contributing to its signature sweet taste. Its flavor profile ranges from syrupy sweet to bone dry.
If you are familiar with dry white wine as Sauvignon Blanc, then Moscato white wine is its exact opposite – perfumed, sweet, and full of fruit. Sweet Moscato arouses strong opinions among the oenophiles – they either adore its sweet aroma or cannot stand it. However, this wine makes a decent addition to any oenophile’s repertoire. Sip yourself a glass and you will notice several important characteristics, including floral notes as elderflower and rose petal, fruit as orange, ripe pear, peach, and apricot, and a unique aroma.
Which is the best brand?
The best brand of Moscato white wine is probably the classic Italian Moscato – Castello Del Poggio. With this wine, you will taste the perfect combination of peach and apricot along with a sweet tangerine taste, contributing to the remarkable balance. Another Moscato white wine you must try is Moscato d’Asti. You will fall in love with its tropical fruit flavors and light bubbles from the first sip!
When we are at the Moscato best bands, we strongly recommend trying California Roots Moscato. Moscato California white wine is crafted from the finest grapes grown under the California sun and it offers delicate aromas. Its melon and creamy peach flavors, with refreshing acidity, will make your days more special.
Pair Moscato with good friends
We believe the recipe for a good life is good friends and delicious wine. Well, with Moscato half of the job is done! If we have to choose one wine for pairing with spicy foods, our choice is Moscato white wine. It handles with grace all types of spicy food since its sweetness neutralizes the heat of the spice. You can also pair it with lighter meats as flaky fish or chicken.
This wine is ideal to sip with dinner, but it is great served as an aperitif as well. It is equally good when drunk on its own, or alongside fruit and cheese.
Your friends will enjoy Moscato the best if it is chilled. Of course, the actual serving temperature varies depending on the style, but chilling Moscato softens the sweetness and highlights its fruity and floral notes.
Whether served as a dessert wine or an aperitif, poached with fruit, or mixed into cocktails, Moscato is always a crowd-pleaser!
How to make Halloween fun at home
Halloween is the most favorite holiday of many people since it reminds us of the bygone childhood carefree days.
Besides the decor and costumes, Halloween is about fun events and shared experiences with your loved ones.
Halloween is about how creative you can be. You don’t need to spend a good amount of money on decorations or costumes but you can be creative with your costume choices and reuse old decorations. What we like about this day the most is that the focus is on the fun! Many fun activities can involve the whole family.
Get your family in the spirit with wickedly fun games, crafts, and recipes. Whatever you choose to do, we’re sure that nothing beats family time, and with the following Halloween activities, you’ll never run out of ideas.
Don’t let the rainy autumn days get you down. Get your whole family in the kitchen to whip up many Halloween treats. Bake some fun cake together that your children will love it! Or you can make some Halloween-themed muffins. You can also bake a batch of gooey monster cookies! And do you know what all kids want? Yes, doughnuts. You can make Halloween-themed mini doughnuts. Whom are we kidding? Make all this stuff and put yourselves into a sugar coma. Celebrate Halloween the right way!
Make wicked Halloween decoration
This is the time when the whole family can be creative. Don’t buy your decorations – make them together. There are endless crafts you can make together!
Throw a night of scary movies
This is the easiest solution to get your spooky fix. Decorate your living room with Halloween decorations and choose age-appropriate scary movies for your children. You can dress up to add to the Halloween spirit and eat the muffins you made previously that day.
There is not a single child who doesn’t love Halloween games! But if we’re completely honest, you’ll enjoy it, too. Here are some of our favorite ones:
Kids love making this spooky game, besides they enjoy playing it! Well, it’s a classic game for a reason!
We admit – it’s a gross game, but it’s so popular party game for kids! You need to make boxes full of household items and slimy food and have your children feel their way through the box. This is just an example; you can put different things in your box. Whatever keeps your children interested!
You need to fill a jar with many Halloween candies and have your whole family compete to discover how many candies are in it. The winner takes all the candies! Well, you can share them and have fun eating them.
Whether you choose to play it in your backyard or inside the house, Halloween scavenger hunt is fun! Just print the instructions in advance.
After watching the movie, you can ask your children to carve pumpkins together, so you can do something that requires activity that is more physical. Pick up pumpkins, break out your carving knives, and see how quickly you get into the Halloween spirit.
Host a Halloween party
Given the COVID-19 situation, the party will be for your family and people you are in contact with. Now, it’s the time when you can use all the decorations you made together, and all the muffins, doughnuts, and cakes!
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