A recent survey revealed that most of it’s users are in their twenties and thirties.Meanwhile, the site Date Positive lets users search for a partner according to which infection they have.
People I’ve spoken to say they provide hope for the future.“For example, we must remember HIV is only three letters, not a sentence; so there is a whole life after diagnosis, even children.” Unsurprisingly, the growth of STI-specific dating outlets goes hand-in-hand with the rising number of people getting diagnosed.
According to the American Sexual Health Association, more than half of all people will have an STD in their lifetime while the World Health Organisation says that roughly one million people catch an STI every day across the world.
In fact, herpes is one of the most common diseases in the world and it’s highly likely that you have it and don’t even realise.
A massive two thirds of the world’s population – more than 3.7billion people – under the age of 50 have herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).
The virus, also known as oral herpes, usually causes cold sores around the mouth.
But another 417million people aged between 15 and 49 have the second type (HSV-2) which is best known as genital herpes.
And 90% of those who have the infection aren’t aware of it because it isn’t really screened for during general sexual health check-ups.
So it means you have to take it on yourself to make sure you get the all-clear.
Online dating has grown massively over the past few years and there’s a niche site to cater to pretty much every kinky fantasy under the sun.
But there’s a little-known sector that’s secretly thriving – dating sites for people with STDs.
Believe it or not the market is so popular that there’s tonnes of different sites out there.