FORT WORTH — AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County begins its “Magnetic Couples Group” for serodiscordant — or mixed serostatus — same-sex couples on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Allen Gould, the center’s executive director, explained that serodiscordant couples face all the same issues and problems that all couples face, but serodiscordant couples also must deal with additional issues, such as worries that the HIV-positive partner might infect the HIV-negative partner. And both partners in a mixed serostatus couple have to deal with the side effects of the medications the positive partner has to take.

Concerns about health and health disparities can cause feelings of resentment and can strain the relationship, Gould said, sometimes causing a “serious lack of balance” between partners.

AIDS Outreach Center’s “Magnetic Couples Group” is intended to help serodiscordant couples address those issues in a safe and confidential environment. The group will give couples the chance to talk about health, finances, guilt, communication, sexual intimacy and more.

The group will meet every Friday for six weeks, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AIDS Outreach Center, 400 North Beach St. in Fort Worth. For more information call Bill or Ashley at 817-916-5291.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 08, 2010.