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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. The online dating world for most is overwhelming when it comes to options, but if you have a sexually transmitted infection or disease, the pool can seem a lot smaller. Most people are introduced to these infections and diseases as a consequence of having unprotected sex or having multiple partners, Pierce says, and this further adds to the stigma.

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AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service. Dating can be hard in the first place, and approaching it with an STI certainly doesn't make it any easier.

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In fact, the idea of breaking down your own walls and sharing something so sensitive, not to mention something that inevitably comes with a backstory, may make dating seem difficult or even impossible. Even with endless knowledge at our fingertips, many still still lack widespread knowledge of STIs — specifically, herpes.

First of all, HSV herpes simplex virus is more common than you probably think. This strain is more often spread by more intimate sexual activities.

Dating with an sti: 7 ways to navigate the (often harsh) dating world

More important than how many people have the virus is the lifestyle that comes along with it. Just because someone has herpes does not mean he or she cannot date, or that they are tarnished in some way.

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An STI can be spread during an individual's first sexual encounter or simply because a past partner was not honest about their condition. Despite the outdated stigma our society carries around, having herpes in no way ifies the infected individual is dirty or promiscuous. If you have HSV-2, it's important to be honest and tell your partner about the virus at an appropriate time. Luckily, the Internet breaks down some of the self and society-imposed barriers that come along with dating with herpes, providing a transparent medium to interact and get to know others without so much worry about ignorant judgment or responses.

The virus becomes less important and who you are as an individual —your personality, quirks, likes and dislikes — are elevated.

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The sites below, catered to those with herpes, provide a communal feeling for its users. Just being on them may do wonders to increase your confidence in offline dating, too.

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More importantly, niche sites deed for people with herpes streamline the process of getting over the STD-talk road bump, allowing for fun, meaningful connections with others while remaining both safe and honest. Go ahead and save yourself some time in your dating life as you read on to discover the best dating sites for people with herpes.

Debatably the most well-known dating site for people with STDs, Positive Singles has an impressive 1.

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The dating site may be so attractive to individuals because it focuses on matching you not just based on your medical condition, but based on other, more standard compatibility factors such as your interests, lifestyle preferences, and even star.

Beyond the non-bias matching system, Positive Singles has a host of other features some casual hookup sites don't. Positive Singles provides both transparency and privacy, with highlights such as the ability to see who has viewed your profile, the option to browse anonymously, detailed privacy settings that allow you to hide your profile based on a specific set of rules you create, a setting to hide areas of your profile including the type of STD you haveand even the option to require a special password to open the app on your mobile phone.

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There are also profile verification options, a Tinder-style swiping section, and even free one-on-one dating advisors — which usually alone cost more than any standard dating site membership. Learn more at Positive Singles and read our full review here. The inviting site is available for members with all sorts of relationships statuses, including those who are married and in a committed relationship, but is restricted for people only with HSV-1 or HSV The herpes-only dating site feels and works much more like a traditional dating siteand is filled with an abundance of features that allow your personality to dominate your online presence.

Video introductions and private albums allow you to make your experience on the site truly unique.

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Learn more at MPwH. H-Mates is dedicated to connecting people with STDs for anything from friendships to serious dating. The site has a rather detailed -up form that looks much like one from its founding date of It has all the features of a basic dating site and operates just like one. The site is not solely dedicated to people with herpes, but there is a profile field that lets you select the types of members you are looking to meet based on the type of STD s they have.

The options for self expression are impressive here, with the ability to an unlimited of profile pictures and a video introduction.

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You can browse and search to discover others, but there are a few other matchmaking features available after answering various types of questionnaires. You also get all the typical online dating ways of interacting, and even some rather unique ones, such as sending virtual kisses.

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With no paid membership, it somewhat equals the playing field for all members. Learn more at H-Mates. To find out more, please read our complete terms of use. Search AskMen Search. Messages You have no messages.

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