Datepositive.net – First STD dating site in UK shows strong growth

Online dating has firmly established its place in our culture. It is everywhere – advertised on billboards, busses, in magazines and, of course, online. It’s talked about at work, on Facebook and in the pub. Gone are the days when dating websites carried a stigma or when people believed they were only used by the lonely or desperate.

The change in attitude is striking and has come about for many reasons. Despite technology easing our lives, people in the UK are working harder and longer than ever before. Family commitments mean people are doing a lot more with their kids these days, and many adults are caring for aging parents too.

In addition the UK’s divorce rate – though the lowest since 1977 – is still high, in fact the highest in Europe. In 2009 10.5 of 1,000 married people got divorced in 2009.* And these figures don’t even include co-habiting couples who split, or married couples who separate but stay under the same roof because one can’t afford to leave.

How, then, do you find a date or romance when your life is time-strapped and close encounters are hard to come by? Online dating is the answer. It provides an easy and affordable option. It’s as simple as selecting the dating site that feels right for you, registering and creating an interesting profile. Then spend some time searching and sending messages and you could soon be on your first date!

Even more striking is the fact that while online dating once carried a stigma, it actually provides a solution to people with conditions that can bring about rejection or judgement. STDs are a case in point. People with herpes or HIV have a very difficult time dating or meeting new partners. Many are rejected after revealing they have an STD. Some are so hurt that they decide to live alone rather than risk the pain brought about by ‘that’ conversation.

There are many STD dating sites. The UK’s first, www.datepositive.net, was launched in 2006 and now has more than 5,000 members. Some members have met their partners and married through the site, while others have developed close and supportive friendships. The site also provides free access to a counsellor, Frankie Hall, and a sexual health specialist, Dr Laurence Gerlis. Its blog contains some moving stories about members who have really struggled with having an STD. Other stories are uplifting and tell of new partners and marriage.

People who use HIV dating and herpes dating sites are just like anyone else. They’ve tried all the usual ways of meeting new people and decided that instead a specialist website is the way to go. Their profile makes it clear what STD they have and therefore they don’t have to meet and worry about rejection. It’s a clear advantage and the members feel safe, secure and are in control.

• Office of National Statistics.

How to get a free Premium membership

Even though it costs less than 12 pounds for a three-month membership, we understand what it is like to struggle for cash.

If you are have to watch the pennies (or cents) at the moment then there are ways you can get a free membership.

Show proof of unemployment if you have just lost your job and we will give you a free upgrade. If you’re not keen on that idea, send us a testimonial about the site and we will happily upgrade you after we’ve reviewed it. Continue reading

Save the Children Japan appeal

We have not posted off-topic in the past and have only used the blog to provide information about online dating and promote the site.

But today we felt so strongly about the situation in Japan following the terrible earthquake and tsunami that we want to encourage you to donate to any registered charity sending support to Japan.

We have made a donation to the http://www.savethechildren.org.uk Japan appeal on behalf of ourselves and the site members. You can make a donation here.

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Great feedback on the new site

We have received some pretty positive feedback on the new site – thank you to all those who have emailed us or added comments elsewhere.

The feedback is appreciated. On our IM survey results Polar 64 told us that the new sites looks great and is easier to navigate. That is the kind of feedback we like to hear.

If there is anything you would like to see on the site, drop us a line and we will respond to all emails.

HIV dating and Herpes dating website www.datepositive.net relaunches its website

Datepositive.net has upgraded to the latest version of software and the site now has some great features.

The site is the UK’s largest online dating for people with STDs.  It is also the UK’s largest HIV dating website and Herpes dating website.

We have also redesigned the homepage to give it a fresh, new look and added our Twitter and Facebook widgets.

In the bottom right we have included leaflets available for download. So if you are a healthcare worker, counsellor, doctor, or just want to help promote the site and let other people become aware, please download the leaflet and poster pack.

Despite increases in inflation and VAT our site prices remain the same.  Premium membership is very inexpensive, with prices noted on the homepage.

Enjoy the new site and please send through any feedback you may have.