If your date was looking for unconditional, unquestionable love, then he would adopt a puppy.

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It is one thing to admit that you are open to finding love. Of course, gays who are too eager for love come in the form of both statuses, but an HIV-positive man is a particular breed of desperate.

It is quite another to constantly be wondering why you don't have a boyfriend. These guys will often approach a first date with the hope that their potential match will be able to overlook their positive status and give them a chance in spite of it all.

Before you can find the right man to bake cookies with and watch romantic comedies on a rainy Sunday afternoon, it takes realizing that you are better off alone than trapped in a relationship with Mr. Once they do, it is as if their date has done something for them and they instantly move up one, maybe two stages, on the clinger scale.

All of a sudden, the pressure is on for this date to turn into a mate, regardless of personal interests or compatibility.

Oh what a different world it would be if we all knew how to navigate the tricky and treacherous battlefield that is the gay dating scene.

Not only must we face the same plights and perils of the hetero single soldiers, but we must also face the cold reality of a much smaller dating pool, our exes dating other exes and an unrealistic image of what it is to be shirtless.So we try to arm ourselves as best we can, because no matter how many broken hearts we bury, the battle for love must go on.But there is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.Hoping and praying that someone will overlook your reality is a desperate move, especially when you don't even know theirs.The truth is, we all should have conditions that our would-be-love must meet when we approach any potential relationship.You need to clarify what yours are before you try and meet someone else's.