LocalHerpesDating.org was launched on June 12 to create a judgment free means of connecting individuals who have the herpes simplex virus.
Rather than having to bring up the infection on a first date, the site hopes that users will be able to meet others who are experiencing the same social stigmas and health-related problems as themselves. Local Herpes Dating does not require a lot of personal information in respect to the privacy of their participants. It also features online herpes counselors and a way to share stories on experiences with treatment and support in order to inform the users in addition to connecting them.
Why a herpes dating site?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 776,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with genital herpes annually, and about one in six people between the ages of 14 to 49 have the infection. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, so if you have it, it's important to inform your partner of the condition before engaging in sexual activity. The correct use of condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, but it doesn't negate the possibility of infection.
The sourced noted that the only ways to avoid the infection are to be in a monogamous long-term relationship with a partner who is not infected or to abstain from sex entirely. For those who are already infected, dating someone who shares your condition can reduce concerns regarding spreading genital herpes. Medications are available to shorten and reduce the symptoms of outbreaks, but there is currently no cure available for the infection. However, there are suppressive therapies to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
Online STD testing is available for those who are unsure of their status.