Hindy says he sees value in the websites but worries there could be a negative effect."They are looking at websites where everyone to date has herpes or another STD, but that seems sad in a way -- to have to narrow the pool to just people who are infected," Hindy says.
It’s not easy living with an STD – especially if you’re still relatively young and active in the dating scene.
Its report includes eight common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus, herpes, HIV, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis."There are more and more sites being created catering to people who are infected," says Diana Kirschner, a psychologist who wrote Find Your Soul Mate Online in 6 Simple Steps.
"Part of the reason is that one in four women is infected with herpes.
It's off the charts, and there is a great deal of shame associated with being diagnosed with one of these diseases."To find a match on STD dating website Positive Singles.com, a user enters typical dating site information: gender, age, location -- and what infection they have.
A drop-down menu offers a dozen sexually transmitted infections. Other sites: MPw (Meet people with H), positivesdating.com, stdmatch.net, and
Matchmaking website H-YPE.com's tagline is "a seriously cool place to make friends with somet Hing in common."That thing is herpes, the STD that clinical psychologist Carl Hindy,in Nashua, N. Now, people with sexually transmitted diseases have a growing number of specialty dating websites to choose from.