HIV or hepatitis C can complicate how you feel about relationships, whether you are single, dating, or in a long-term couple. But it doesn’t mean you have to get out of the game.

Having HIV or hepatitis C can change how you date. How and when do you disclose? How do you negotiate safer sex? These are the important things to consider.

Then there’s the kind of person you would like to be with. If you have HIV, you might see yourself with someone who also has HIV or as part of a serodiscordant couple, where one person has HIV and the other doesn’t.

If dating doesn’t feel right for you, don’t feel pressure to do it. Women make different decisions about what’s right for them. Some choose to date less, some choose to keep dating as much as ever. Some choose to stop having sex, whereas some stay sexually active. It’s up to you what feels comfortable.