Life became intolerable after I got herpes – member tells

A woman who lived in a Cumbrian village said her life became intolerable after she got herpes.

She said that she dated a guy in the village but as soon as she told him she had herpes, he not only broke up with her but gossiped about her in the village pub.

Dianne (not her real name), said: “It was a nightmare experience for me and one that really set me back. Continue reading

Married, thanks to

I received a great email a few weeks back from a guy who joined the after it launched in 2006.

He met a woman on the website and they are now happily married. They were one of the first few members to join. It was great to hear from him and hear such a happy story.

It’s been challenging building and running a business, but receiving that email made us all really happy and realise again that this venture is so worthwhile. Continue reading member takes part in video about boyfriend who gave her herpes

A Datepositive member who has herpes and is using for herpes dating has been featured in an online production about STDs.

The online magazine TrueTube contacted Date Positive for help with production of one film in a series about STDs.

Lynn (not her real name) came forward to be a part of the production so that people could hear how devastating it can be when you get an STD from your partner – and you don’t know that your partner has an STD. Continue reading

Datepositive helps deal with stigma

A gay man who became HIV positive in the mid 1990s is using because he believes there is a stigma attached to having an STD.

Chris* says that the stigma attached to being HIV positive is worse in the UK than in other countries.

“It is very difficult to live with,” he said. “People can be scornful, and it is due to fear and a lack of knowledge.” Continue reading

HIV man sold drugs to buy food

Datepositive launches a new series of case studies to highlight the challenges and difficulties that people with STDs often face. We hope that by profiling these stories we help raise awareness, remove stigmas, and bring about additional support for people with STDs

A man who was diagnosed with HIV had to turn to a life of crime in order to support himself.

Michael* told that he felt he had no choice but to sell drugs to provide an income for himself while he was very ill after diagnosis.

Michael worked in the construction industry but became too ill to support himself after suffering from pneumonia and being in hospital for six weeks.

“When I returned home I was so poor I couldn’t put food on the table. I applied for support but was turned down.”

The 40 year old from Scotland was diagnosed with HIV about five years ago and suspects he became HIV positive about 10 years ago.

“The support from HIV charities for people who are HIV positive is very poor,” he said. “I think particularly in Scotland it is something that needs looking at.

“The NHS has been fantastic but the charities just kept referring me from one organisation to another and there was no financial support whatsoever.”

Michael has since began drug therapy and is now in fairly good health and able to work.

“If you don’t live in a large urban centre then it is very difficult to find support,” he continued. “What is needed is financial and emotional support and everything else that you need during that time, and it seems to be worse up here.”

Michael also spoke about the stigma attached to having an STD and said that it had been difficult for him to meet new people.

“My experience is that people have an immature view of sex. Some people still view it as dirty and in part that accounts for the stigma attached to STDs.”

Michael told some close friends about his status but they rejected him. However, recently he has found some close friends and felt better about life.

He has been a member of for quite a few months and said: “I think the website is a good idea because it helps you talk to other people like yourself and that can only be a good thing.”

His is trying to sell his house and move to the south of England to try to meet like-minded people and, hopefully, that special partner. He’s hopeful that he will meet new friends and possibly a partner on the site.

“I want to meet a woman who his HIV positive, otherwise it will be too difficult to have a relationship. I have had a few relationships since diagnosis, but they have not worked out.”

*Michael is a member of His name has been changed to protect is identity.