Hey, it’s a cruel world out there and anyone bandying about phrases about how it’s ‘empowering being single’ or ‘it’ll clear up in three to five days’ whilst looking vaguely pitying, might as well be mentally confining you to a life of sexlessness - or so it can feel.
But with the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) rising in the UK each year, it’s not only those who wear a lot of zebra print and have a working knowledge of the Wetherspoons’ toilet cubicles that are affected, as urban myths would have you believe.
Some of these new digital dating agencies, which are free of charge, cater specifically to certain diseases, while others take a more general approach and don’t just confine themselves to the incurable: Chlamydia and even thrush are all on the handy drop down menus.
Positive Singles boasts of 30,000 registered UK members - while Herpes Dating says it has 794,600 members – with more than 60,000 dating success stories.
Joining a dating site full of people with similar health conditions can be a liberating experience for daters tired of keeping their STDs a secret.
Many daters with sensitive health conditions have a tough time deciding when to disclose that information. According the the CDC, one out of every six Americans (ages 14 to 49) have genital herpes.You are likely to get a better response and more activity amongst the members here.Tens of thousands of people have joined Positive Singles to help open up the world of dating when herpes is a factor.A brief glance at the statistics will paint a very different picture: almost 500,000 new cases of STIs were diagnosed in 2012 in the UK; more than 90,000 were living with HIV and one in two people under 25 tested positive for Chlamydia.Meanwhile studies show that one in four students catch a sexual infection during their first year of university; three quarters of sexually active women will contract HPV in their lives and by the age of 30, 50 per cent of people will have contracted HSV-1 and 25 per cent of the sexually active, HSV-2. Sign up and along with ‘enjoys yoga,’ you also enter your STI into your profile.