A bar in northwest D.C. is offering what organizers are calling the District's first weekly bar night for HIV-positive men.
It's called POZ. Its creator, a party promoter named Jacob Pring, has himself been POZ for six years, and says dating can be difficult once guys learn he has HIV. He has a boyfriend now, but he said "over the course of six years, I've been turned down like 20 times because of the issue of being HIV [positive]."
Pring said he aims to erase the stigma of being HIV-positive by giving POZ guys a chance to mingle and be themselves. Or as one regular attendee, David, puts it: "Basically, to meet other people who are positive without having to worry about the whole disclosure thing that you normally have to when you're at a bar."
In fact, even POZ's DJs are POZ. Though negative folks are welcome too, like Cale Shah, a bartender who said he finds the mixer downright inspiring.
"Everyone's having a good time," Shah said. "They have a better outlook on life, and it rubs off on you."
POZ is held every Tuesday night at Motley Bar at 1318 9th St. N.W.
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