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Recently, Successful Match and Positive Singles launched Hmeet.com, a dating site for people living with the herpes simplex virus. The free service allows users to talk with and meet individuals who understand and share their condition. Hmeet.com provides herpes patients with the opportunity to date without having to bring up STD testing or their personal disease.
This is not the first dating website of its kind. According to USA Today, there are several online services to match up couples with the same, or similar, STDs. Positive Singles is one, which claims to have orchestrated 60,000 matches.
"A lot of my clients are looking for relationships and they are on dating websites like eHarmony and Match, but then the question is, 'When do I tell him or her that I have herpes? If I tell them right away, that person is going to go away. But if I let the relationship develop and wait to tell the person, is that betrayal?'" Carl Hindy, a clinical psychologist, told the news source.
Impact of STDs in America
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20 million STDs get diagnosed each year in the U.S., and half of that number accounts for young people ages 15 to 24. Having an STD increases the risk of contracting HIV and can lead to other serious medical problems.
The CDC recommends that sexually active women younger than 25 get an annual STD test for chlamydia, along with women who have multiple partners. Sexually active patients, regardless of gender, should also get screened for gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis and HIV. Pregnant women should ask their doctors for STD testing to protect the health of their infant.
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