Navigating a dating site is already difficult enough as all attempts at romance can be stressful without additional complications. However, for people with herpes, this could become far more difficult as it requires communication between those involved and a talk that is always awkward. After all, herpes is transmissible, and it is important not to hurt loved ones by omitting this important information, even if it is also frowned upon to bring up such a serious matter on a first date.
Herpes is a lifelong condition, and while many people may carry the virus, few show symptoms such as blisters, ulcers, cold sores, and more. There is no current cure for herpes, which comes in two types: Herpes Type 1 (HSV-1) otherwise known as oral herpes, and Herpes Type 2 (HSV-2) otherwise known as genital herpes. More than 50% of Americans have HSV-1, while only 15.5% have HSV-2. In addition, while it is not possible to get HSV-2 from a toilet seat (this is an urban myth), kissing a person who has cold sores could increase the risk of contracting HSV-1.
Normally, it takes around two to twelve days after the initial period of exposure for people to notice they have herpes. While there are instances of recurring herpes, as time goes on, there tends to be more remission periods and less severe occurrences. For example, while symptoms of primary infection could include vaginal discharge, pain, itching, high temperatures, cold sores, or red blisters on the skin, a recurrent infection has deals mostly with blisters, and perhaps a small burning feeling. Transmission can occur when having unprotected intercourse, oral intercourse, or sharing adult toys. Furthermore, mothers can potentially pass on the disease to their children.
Treatment options at home may include taking painkillers, having salt water baths, using petroleum jelly, wearing loose clothing, washing hands often, and more. In addition, possible medicinal avenues include taking antivirals such as acyclovir to keep the virus from spreading and multiplying, as well as to clear the outbreak. Doctors usually prescribe a five-day course of antivirals for each recurrence.
Meet Positive is a dating site that is dedicated to making the dating process easier for positive individuals. They refer to themselves as the, “#1 STD Dating Website,” and focus on ways to help and improve the lives of people who have a sexually transmitted disease, giving them a second chance at a normal relationship. Meet Positive can help those affected avoid rejections based on their condition alone, and the site uses a unique process to match those who suffer from the same struggles together, as well as by more common denominators such as distance and saved criteria.
In addition, the site recently launched a Meet Positives App to make it even more convenient for positive singles to try starting a relationship. The company states that the app is designed to be, “100% auto-responsive to all the devices you’re using,” which means that it will function effortlessly with phones, tablets, and even desktop computers.
The main message that Meet Positives wants to share is that those with STDs are not alone, and do not have to struggle through life on their own. 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). With so many people potentially facing romantic difficulties, the company wants to make sure that people know that life can move on, and that these infections can be managed.
Meet Positives states that, “We are not only interested in helping you find a partner, but also helping it last long-term. For this reason, we provide free advice and tips on how to build a strong relationship that will lead to happiness.” The company adds that, “From this community, you will also get something in return. You will receive important details about how to handle your condition and how to live well with other positives.” Their predictors, in general, are more advanced than others, focusing on building these long term relationships rather than making short term matches. They pay attention to details to create the best experience possible for those involved.
For more information on this site for people with herpes or any STDs, interested parties may contact Jack Lombardi of Meet Positives for further details, or connect with them through the company’s website.
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Meet Positive is an alternative to dating and a second chance for positive singles who live with a sexually transmitted disease.
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