According to recent data from the medical field, genital herpes is on rise among women. However, Jack Lombardi of the online dating site MeetPostives.com maintains a positive outlook for a herpes cure in the very near future. “About 1 in every 4 women in the US has genital herpes, but over 90% of women living with herpes are not aware that they are infected, because they are not aware of having any symptoms,” said Lombardi.
A 2018 CDC report put the prevalence of the HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus type 1) at 47.9% and HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type 2), which causes genital herpes, at 11.9% for the 14-19 age group. Both types of herpes are lifelong infections, and the HSV-2 virus can facilitate infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “For many young people, the first time they learn that they have contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease) is a shock. Finding a community of support which doesn’t judge them is important,” said Lombardi.
Meetpositives.com is an online community where those who have been tested positive for STDs can interact, and find interesting positive singles news. They can also decide whether they would like to meet someone, and even go on dates. The website makes 100% anonymity a priority for its user base, along with a private forum, private messaging, private calls, and SMS messaging—all with industry leading privacy settings. It also runs an informative blog section. “The goal of Meetpositive.com is to help those with STDs learn more about their condition from others who have experienced the same feelings. We also aim to provide the latest information regarding a possible cure for herpes, vaccination, and treatment options,” asserted Lombardi.
Talking about having herpes with uninfected people can be a daunting experience for many, if not an outright frightening proposition. MeetPostives.com allows those who may have felt alone to meet people who understand them and, through this, makes it easier to share their experiences. Ultimately, it allows most people to feel more comfortable with their condition.
For women in particular, dating with herpes can be an ordeal as herpes is a sensitive subject.The pleasure of finding someone they really like and may eventually want to fall in love with is often offset by needing to have ‘The Talk,’ and deciding when to tell someone such private, personal information is a difficult decision—especially considering the risk of this information being abused. Through Meetpositives.com, however, members can meet other people who understand what they are feeling and are also looking to move on with their lives.
Many women do not even know that they have herpes. As most do not show any symptoms at all, actively testing for herpes is essential to ascertain whether a person is infected. This is compounded by the fact that many of the less common symptoms can be associated with other ailments, which means they may get overlooked. Less common genital symptoms for women include blisters and sores around the cervix or the vulva and around the vagina, headaches, body aches, tiredness, swollen lymph nodes, and more. There are several rare herpes symptoms which include ulcers, blisters and sores around or inside the anus, and around the thighs and buttocks, eye infection, and so on. It is important to note that many of the herpes symptoms in women are only annoying and uncomfortable.
Sexually transmitted infections are among the most hidden epidemics in the US. According to the CDC, there are 20 million new viral infections every year. The most common STI/STDs in the US are Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B, Genital Herpes, HIV, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
MeetPositives helps eliminate the social stigma that comes with having an STD, and provides a platform to lower the rate of transmission through awareness, containment, and responsible dating and socializing. Their website is built from the ground up to operate seamlessly across multiple platforms, and can be accessed on any type of device. MeetPositives is also active on its social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Those who wish to learn more may contact Jack Lombardi of MeetPositives, or visit their website.
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