Meetpositives.com, an STD dating site, has announced that people who have been tested positive for sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as genital herpes, can find and date other people who have had the same experiences. The site makes use of an algorithm that matches people who are living with the same condition, through their personal saved criteria and by distance. Registered members are able to search for profiles of posative singles who also want to date, learn more about their condition, and share their experiences.
A Meetpositives.com spokesperson says, “Our goal is to help impacted people feel normal again in a relationship. Meetpositives.com helps positive singles avoid the embarrassment and possible rejection by telling a potential mate about their condition.”
The spokesperson points out that because of the embarrassment that often accompanies having an STD, these infections are some of the most hidden epidemics in the United States. According to the CDC, each year, there are 20 million viral infections, and the most common STDs in the US are chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, hepatitis B, syphilis, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), and trichomoniasis. The above viruses affect almost 59.5 million people in the US, and about 50.5 million men are infected. Nevertheless, these infections can be managed and those affected can still live a healthy life. The spokesperson adds, “The reason why Meetpositives.com exists is to ensure that you meet other interesting positive singles that understand your situation and are willing to spend their time with you.”
Meetpositives.com is different from the usual dating sites in that it employs a different approach to match men and women. It makes use of different dimensions that are not only designed to match people with the same interests but also makes sure that the predictors result into long-lasting relationships.
Aside from the goal of matching positive singles, Meetpositives.com also provides vital information on STDs to ensure that people know what they are dealing with. For instance, one of these diseases is genital herpes, which is a common sexually transmitted infection cause by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The primary way in which the virus spreads is via sexual contact. There are two kinds of HSV and these are HSV-1, which causes cold sores on the mouth and lips, and HSV-2, which the one that causes genital herpes. However, it should be noted it is possible to get genital herpes from a person with oral herpes. It is also possible to have a herpes outbreak on other parts of the body, such as the hands, face, and nipples.
According to the spokesperson, about one in five Americans are believed to have genital herpes. It is a lifelong but manageable infection but up to 90 percent of people who have it are unaware that they have it. It should be noted that HSV can enter a person’s body through moist skin around the mouth, the genital area, and the anus. It can also pass through minor cuts on the body, such as on the hands and fingers. It is also important to note that it can be passed on through close genital contact, which means that it can be passed on even without penetration or ejaculation. It is also essential to note that not having protection when engaging in vaginal sex, anal sex, or oral sex can result in the transfer of the virus.
It is also important to know that although the virus is the same, genital herpes can vary between individuals. For some, the symptoms may only recur for several years with several outbreaks in a year. For others, the frequency of recurrence each year is low, and for most people, the frequency decreases as they age.
The spokesperson says that anyone who has been tested positive for an STD may register on the site. There is a special page for registration where someone who wants to join can use an online form to enter his or her personal details, including location and the kind of STD that he or she is living with.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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