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Dating site for positive singles hopes to end STI/STD stigma once and for all

A dating site hopes not only to connect singles but to erase stigmas that still surround sexually transmitted diseases.

MeetPositives is a dating site specifically for people living with STI/STDs.

“The main goal of Meetpositives.com is to give positive LGBT singles a chance to date again,” the company says in a press release. “Our members join because they want to find and date others who have experienced the same struggles.”

According to the CDC, there are roughly 110 million Americans currently living with STI/STDs and an estimated 20 million new viral infections each year. Approximately 50% of these infections involve people between the ages of 15-24. The most common ones are Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B, Genital Herpes, Syphilis, HIV, and HPV.

“STD infections affect everyone regardless of their sexual orientation,” notes MeetPositives.com. “However, gays are at a greater risk of getting infected, especially when it comes to HIV.”

“Statistics shows that HIV and syphilis infections among the LGBT community are on the rise, which is why it’s important that they become educated on these facts. People with multiple sex partners and those who engage in sexual activity without protection are at the greatest risk.”

The site lets users search for potential partners based on gender identity, age, location, or type of STI/STD. The site also offers health information and discussion forums for members.

“If you are infected, you are not alone,” the site says. “The reason why Meet Positives exists is to ensure that you meet other interesting positive singles that understand your situation and are willing to spend their time with you.”

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