Dating for Herpes at MeetPositives.com
MeetPositives.com, a dating site for herpes positive people and others affected by sexually transmitted infections, has recently posted a new article about the challenges people with herpes face in their dating lives, and how the MeetPositives platform can help. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, which genital contact with a person who is infected with the virus. While the virus is often more present in people with visible symptoms, contact with the virus in skin lesions is not the only way it can be transmitted. People who are infected with HSV can still shed the virus in genital secretions without showing any symptoms or even being aware they have an infection. Genital herpes is a relatively common condition, with the Center for Disease Control estimating that there are more than 500,000 new genital herpes infections in the United States each year. While infection is not curable, it can be treated and managed to minimize discomfort. Safe sex practices and open communication can also help limit transmission. That said, there can still be a great deal of stigma around the condition, and patients might feel embarrassment or shame when trying to seek help for their herpes infection or discuss it with the people in their lives.
One area where stigma and shame often rear their ugly heads while discussing genital herpes and other sexually transmitted infections is in the realm of dating and relationships. With genital herpes and other sexually transmitted infections that cannot be completely cured, the risk of infecting another person through sexual activity never completely goes away. This means it is important for people who have contracted a sexually transmitted infection, such as genital herpes, to be open and honest with any potential sexual partner, so they can work together to take the steps necessary to mitigate the risks. These conversations can be very difficult to have, and often people who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection dread trying to start conversations about their infection because they fear being rejected on the basis of their condition, or worse. Herpes dating site MeetPositives.com removes this challenging step from the equation, by providing a secure and anonymous platform for people with sexually transmitted infections, including Herpes, HIV, and more, to meet other people with the same and similar conditions, who already understand what it’s like to be living with a sexually transmitted infection.
Members of MeetPositives.com can find other positives, learn about their experiences, share advice and sympathy in member forums and posts, and find people to date who have the same condition they do, so they can experience romance and sexuality without needing to have uncomfortable conversations about their condition. MeetPositives knows there are many people living with genital herpes, and has built their platform so those people can have a community, learn from others like them, and meet people who have had similar experiences. MeetPositives.com also knows that people with sexually transmitted infections want to maintain their privacy, so the platform is also designed with their security in mind, allowing all users to remain completely anonymous, and not sharing their information with third parties. MeetPositives.com even has a “Quick Exit” button built into the framework of their website, which is directed at Google’s homepage, so anyone who wants to brows the website in a public or semi-public space can easily leave the page if someone approaches their computer who might have uncomfortable questions.
Genital herpes can be an uncomfortable condition, but it can be managed and is not life limiting. While dating with a sexually transmitted infection like genital herpes can be even more emotionally taxing than dating without one, people who are positive can find camaraderie and even love in the community of other positives at MeetPositives.com. With a platform designed just for them, positives can share experiences and support, easing some of the emotional burden of living with genital herpes.
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