Im a survivor, there is no magic words that can alleviate peoples fears. frustrated_in_nw is right, ignorance is what drives most people to fear the unknown. People also thought they could "catch" cancer, parkinsons disease, ms, and other illnesses. Education is the only answer. The problem is that in general people won't get educated about ANY disease unless they have a vested interest. On the other hand you can educate yourself and become a "lay" expert. You could educate anyone that is interested by answering their questions and giving information to quell their fears.
I'm a Survivor, Connie is right.........don't tell a guy right away about the hep. Wait like she said. There is someone out there for you honey just be patient with yourself and others. In the meantime learn all you can so when you explain the disease to them you know exactly what you're talking about.
Connie, I know that you are hurting over the breakup. After 13 years I would be too but never say never. You said "I don't really want anyone to see it "up close and personal." By the time a guy saw all your scars he would be so in love with you that those scars wouldn't matter. You are so intelligent, beautiful, kind, and thoughtful that he would probably never really notice them. It's YOU that is intimidated by them - not anyone else!!!!! They are battle scars and nothing more. Come on Connie, you are way too cool to let that stop you. I've been married 4 times but who's counting? When things don't work out you move on that's all. Life is too short to not enjoy it.
I'm A Survivor, I stand corrected. You did say in your initial post that you have autoimmune liver failure and kidney disease. However; the advice is still correct. People are scared of things they don't understand. It's just basic human nature. If you learn all you can about your diseases you can educate others. After a few dates you can approach the subject with the guy if you are interested in him that is. I guess I would gauge it on how interested he is in me first. Others will probably have better advice but I wish you well and I hope you continue to date and meet Mr Right.