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One such website offering its services to people suffering from herpes, dating, even goes as far as calling STD’s “gifts”; “People gifted with STDs are special.
Conduct a simple web search for “STI dating sites” (or more generally known as STD for sexually transmitted disease), and you'll find dozens and dozens of online dating options for people suffering from herpes, hepatitis, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV, to name a few.
It sounds like a reasonable idea as people who suffer from these diseases are often reluctant to disclose the infection to a new partner, and if you know your partner already has one too, there is less shame involved in the disclosure and the relationship can get off on a more equal footing.
This case highlights a major issue for internet users: just how secure is the information you share on these niche sites?
Not very, as Hope.dating states on its Terms of Service page: "To the fullest extent permitted by local and national laws, you acknowledge and agree to the fact that any material you send to us shall be treated non-confidential and the site has the right to use such material in advertising or promotions."Dating with an STD made easy At first glance the websites look no different from any other dating website. Most of the sites also offer premium packages with additional functions like services from an STD counsellor, searching according to STD types and chatting with members of the community. If you look at one or more of the niche websites you will notice that most of them look similar.
Hope aims to provide unconditional support and a feature-packed STD dating platform for all these special people.” Using emotion-laden wording, romantic stock pictures of happy couples and a high number of 'success stories', these STD dating sites draw large numbers of subscribers looking for love. In 2014 the dating website was involved in a lawsuit when a user discovered his profile was also shared on other sites like AIDSDate, Herpesinmouth, Christian Safe Haven and Meet Black POZ when he was neither HIV positive, Christian or Black, and this despite the site promising a "confidential" service.