Chicago, Illinois –
Meetpositives.com, a dating website for people with herpes and other chronic sexually transmitted diseases, has become the top online platform in this niche. The site provides a safe, judgment-free space for people living with various conditions to explore both romantic and platonic relationships with others who understand their situation. It also serves as a valuable resource for anyone looking for information on a variety of conditions (herpes as well as others) and stories from people living in such circumstances.
People come to Meetpositives.com and share their stories hoping to let others like them know that they are not alone. “I know this statement is a bit confusing because every piece of advice you get will direct you to be positive,” says one member. “This is not the positivity I am talking about; I am talking about the infection. Though your body is infected, the infection should not get to your head. At first, I thought it was a cold sore and treated it as that until my girlfriend started having outbreaks in her genital area. Since we were in love, we went to see a doctor together, and the results showed that she had HSV2. The doctor explained that the cold sore I had was herpes simplex virus 1, and through oral sex, I had infected my girlfriend. I became a villain, and she broke off our relationship. I got depressed because I thought I had ruined her life. As I was looking for information related to herpes, I came across a piece that explained that most people are infected without knowing and that herpes is just an infection that can be managed and treated.”
Meet Positives was born out of the desire to ‘embolden the hearts of millions and positively impact the vice of STDs worldwide,’ according to the platform’s creators. Their goal is to free people living with STDs from the shame that is normally associated with such conditions. Most people who contract an STD do not get infected through any fault of their own, but they will face judgment for it regardless. Many contract STDs from partners that they were not aware were positive (or from cheating partners) and later face stigma for being positive despite it not being their fault. The creators of Meetpositives.com saw that there was a serious need for a place for people in such situations to explore romantic partnerships without fear — so they set to work on building a website that offered herpes dating opportunities..
It is believed that the stigma associated with having a disease is partially to blame for the increase in STD transmission. By offering a dating option for people who are positive and looking to move forward without suffering additional stress, Meetpositives.com is also doing their part to reduce the spread of STDs and improve the lives of those who are already infected.
“Sexually transmitted infections are some of the most hidden epidemics in the US,” says Meetpositives.com. “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). The infections that occur each year cost about $16 billion in treatment. Approximately 50% of these infections involve people between the ages of 15-24. The main reason behind this percentage is because sexual activity is occurring the most in this age bracket. The above viruses infect almost 59.5 million people and about 50.5 million men are infected. This accounts for approximately 110 million people living with STDs in the US.”
Conditions like herpes can be managed, and people can still lead a healthy, happy life. Meetpositives.com strives to make this a reality for people living with chronic STDs, and their member stories show that they have already done a lot to help the positive singles community.
Learn more about Meet Positives herpes dating by visiting the site. A number of positive singles have already used Meetpositives to find love or friendship or simply share their stories, and the dating site continues to strive to be the safe space that people living with herpes need.Positive Singles