Chicago, Illinois –
Herpes dating platform Meet Positives is drawing attention to the solidarity shown by the HSV community recently during virtual listening sessions hosted by the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP).
On March 28, 2023, the OIDP announced that it is developing an addendum to the STI National Strategic Plan to include herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2 in the United States. To help draft the addendum, the government body expressed interest in listening to the concerns of those living with the disease. So, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the OIDP announced two virtual listening sessions scheduled for April 4 and April 6.
On both days of the event, the HSV community across the nation banded together and let their voices be heard. Herpes care providers raised their concerns about the lack of effective treatments for the condition and even expressed frustration at how inaccurate the currently available standard STI panels are at detecting the herpes simplex virus. Other observations made during the sessions include the lack of helpful, and often misguided, information provided by medical practitioners for those who have had a positive diagnosis.
Michael Task, the representative for Meet Positives, talks about the lessons learned from the event by saying, “Firstly, I would like to thank the ODIP for including those who are living with the herpes virus today in the planning for how care should be delivered in the future. It was a noble gesture that has given the HSV community hope that someone out there is paying attention to their plight. With the valuable discussions and unique insights offered by the participants at the virtual session, we do not doubt that the ODIP has its hands full with amazing suggestions on how to bolster the STI National Strategic Plan. We will be watching closely with our fingers crossed that the feedback will soon be turned into actionable policies and systematic changes.”
Meet Positives is the fastest-growing STD community in the country and the #1 dating website for people with herpes. Labeled the “New Face of STD Dating” by USA Today, the platform has a presence in major cities and rural areas across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. The platform was founded with the mission to empower its members to never have “The Talk,” the stress-inducing conversation that STD positives singles need to have before engaging with potential partners, ever again.
The platform uses a matchmaking algorithm that has been refined over 20+ years of experience. The app allows users to match with others who are living with the same condition(s), by distance, and by their personal saved criteria. Registered members can search for profiles of positive singles who also want to date, share their stories, and learn more about their conditions on its discussion forums.
With a gender ratio of 57% male and 43% female, Meet Positives ensures that all users have a shot at finding someone they can connect with. Search results can be filtered based on gender, including male, female, and couples, and intent such as love, romance, fun, marriage, or friendship. Users can access the Meet Positives platform from either mobile, desktop, or tablet, and enjoy a responsive experience regardless of their device. The company currently has an Android app available on the Google Play Store and an iOS app is also currently in development.
Meet Positives prioritizes user privacy as, unlike other popular STD communities, it is not part of any affiliate network. The platform’s members are offered enhanced privacy protection ensuring that all the information that they consider private will remain so, within its secure walls. The company also shares online safety tips to keep its users safe from those with nefarious intent.
Readers can sign up for the Meet Positives herpes dating platform by heading over to its website or downloading its app from the Play Store.Positive Singles