Herpes dating web
Having a minor skin condition in common is a shoddy foundation for a healthy relationship.I’ve dated people with herpes and I’ve dated people without it.Given the high prevalence of HIV in the gay community, increasing syphilis infections among men who have sex with men are particularly troubling.Risk behavior alone does not explain the disproportionate levels of infection among gay and bisexual men.
What we need is better sex education and health care, access to therapy and more representation.
Let me be very clear: I will never endorse an STI dating site. STI dating services would make great hacking targets in an online landscape where vigilante justice is all the rage and people with STIs are unsympathetic victims (whaddup, Ashley Madison). But here’s the big, huge, important fucking reason I’ll never support a herpes dating service: these products contribute to herpes stigma.
A booming app industry in Silicon Valley means that new STI dating services pop up every few months, and a cursory Google search means that their marketing team, or their founder, or their intern, quickly discovers me. As time goes on and stigma lessens, there will be less of a demand for these services.
I think most people who have had herpes for a few years know this too.
The only people who ask me about herpes dating sites have just been diagnosed and are still daunted by the idea of disclosing—a fear I encourage them to tackle instead of pursuing these trap door dating sites.
STI dating services are almost always unethical money-grabs that prey on what seems like a potentially underserved niche market.