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US based Meetpositives.com has established an online platform for people with STIs to start pursuing a romantic connection again. While it may primarily be known as a dating website for people with herpes, the platform’s inclusive nature means that a wide variety of people are welcome, regardless of the STI they may be living with.
Since its inception, the team behind Meetpositives.com has understood that people who have contracted an STI still have the same motivations and desires as they did prior to infection. Anyone who wants to live life to its fullest may, therefore, also be likely to want to find a partner to share their life with. Meetpositives.com believes that an STI should not prevent people from seeking romance, so its mission is to provide a safe, welcoming space for its members to meet and date once more.
The platform accomplishes this by doing the following: it makes each member’s positive status an open fact before a connection is ever made. Notably, Meetpositives.com clarifies that this does not mean members have no expectation of privacy. On the contrary, they may show as little or as much as they please about themselves, but their positive status will be one of several factors that can be used to find the perfect match. For instance, those with herpes are likely to find that they have more in common with others who have the same STI. Further, the fact that this personal fact is openly provided from the beginning means that neither has to dread having ‘the talk’ with an unaware partner in the future. Learn more about the platform and its members here: Meet Positives Herpes Dating.
‘The talk,’ as many in the community have come to call it, refers to a specific type of conversation an STI-positive individual would eventually have with their romantic partner, especially if sexual activity was possible in the near future. In this conversation, they would reveal their status to their partner. Given the nature of STIs and the stigma many still carry, this conversation can be awkward at best, and it may even lead to the end of the relationship altogether. As such, it is seen as a risk, albeit a necessary one.
“You have to talk to your partner about your status at some point,” notes Meetpositives.com,” especially if the relationship is about to get physical. However, it being necessary will not make it any easier for you to do so, given the potential ramifications. Fortunately, our members have found that there is no need to have the talk when this information is freely provided before they ever get in touch. Once you start using the website, you will similarly find that people who share your condition will not carry the same stigma that others might. In other words, you’re more free to be yourself — without the shadow of such difficult conversations looming over you.”
STIs are more common than most may think, with herpes infecting a massive number of people in the US alone. Around 50 to 80 percent of American adults have oral herpes (HSV-1). This form of herpes is mostly asymptomatic, but symptoms may include cold sores or fever blisters in or around the mouth. On the other hand, genital herpes, caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2, affects one out of every six people in the US (aged 14 to 49). These figures are one reason the team identified the need for a herpes dating website.
The platform adds, “It is very likely that you or someone you know has herpes or another STI, but a positive diagnosis does not have to ruin your life. With the appropriate medications, many are manageable, if not curable, and the risk of transmission can be limited as well. Meetpositives.com offers you an open, welcoming forum in which to learn more about your condition from others who are living under the same circumstances, and you can participate in our community discussions while actively seeking a romantic connection with someone who understands your needs.”
Meetpositives.com is a fast-growing community of singles living with STIs, and all are invited to sign up today.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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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