Being upfront about their STD “eliminates some of the awkwardness” of typical dating, he said.Most people don’t know how to tell someone they’re dating they have an STD, Kasper explained. “You’re surrounded by people who understand you, who have been through what you’re going through,” he said.“It’s not just about dating, it’s a support group.” Positive Singles.com, which has more than 700,000 members worldwide, was created in 2006. There are more than 110 million cases of sexually-transmitted infections every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And there are more 100 strains of HPV, of which more than 30 affect the genital area.
Services like STD Soulmates, STDMatch and Positive Singles match members to people with the same sexually-transmitted disease — from herpes to HIV.
“It provides a particular service to people who otherwise assume their dating life is over,” Steve Kasper, a consultant for the dating website Positive Singles, told the Daily News.
UK Positive Singles has 30,000 members in the UK, accumulating 100,000 new members last year worldwide - and Date Positive, which has more than 6,000 profiles, allow users to search for people with almost any sexually transmitted infection.
The rise in these dating sites coincides with increasing rates of STIs.
The Health Protection Agency figures, obtained by the Mirror under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed 13 children aged under 16 are diagnosed with STIs every single day The number of children aged under 16 with STIs spiralled by 93% from 2,474 in 2003 to 4,777 in 2011.New dating websites are making it easier for people with STDs to find love.The most difficult thing about Herpes and HIV is that it carries a social stigma, says dating website UK Positive Singles.When it comes to dating, you may have fewer choices because of your condition.In the UK there was a two per cent rise in new cases from 2010-2011, according to the Health Protection Agency's latest statistics.More than 100,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with genital herpes or HPV every year.‘These sites can make people think 'now I am a leper I need to find a leper to date',’ says HVA (Herpes Viruses Association) director Marian Nicholson.