The disclosure of an HIV-positive status and the selection of HIV-positive partners are explored as key mechanisms for preventing the spread of the virus while enabling people ‘living with HIV’ to form intimate relations, ‘sharing the virus’ in other ways – practices conceptualised here as ‘viral-sociality’.
Most of this work has focused on the relationship between internet use and the risk of viral transmission.
The influence of technology in our lives has seeped into nearly every aspect of how we relate to others.
We connect with our friends and family through text, email, social networking sites (SNS), and instant messaging to name but a few.
Online dating communities are a growing industry, like social networking sites, and are similar in that they both provide interpersonal communication with others over the Internet.
In contrast to social networking sites, online dating communities are tailored specifically to users who are looking for a romantic partner, connection, or encounter.