Drawing strength form a Herpes dating website

Probably one of the worst things about discovering that you have herpes is feeling alone and wondering who you can talk to.

Not everyone who discovers they have herpes feels like this.  Some people are strong and are able to feel OK about themselves.

But a lot of people find it hard and have a need for emotional support when they have herpes.

A herpes dating website can be very useful in situations like this.  You don’t have to be looking for a date to use the site.  You can join the site, log on and find people who have had similar experiences and who understand the questions you may have, or the difficulties you face.

When you feel alone and don’t know how to move forward with something like herpes, it can feel overwhelming. Don’t allow yourself to feel like that. Join a herpes dating website where you will find like-minded people who chat with and message, and it can help you feel better and stronger quite quickly.

We Were Here – a community under seige; HIV & AIDS in 1980-90s San Francisco

David Weissman’s We Were Here is a new documentary about the emergence and spread of AIDS in San Francisco.

More than 15,000 people died from the virus by the mid 1990s. What the director captures is not just the pain of the group, but a real destruction of communities. Eventually many in the US and around the globe developed a deep sense of compassion for gays and went back to rethink the “moral question” of that time.

We Were Here has been described as a probing look into the emergence and rapid spread of HIV and AIDS and is a horrifying yet sensitive exploration of a community facing a dreadful experience and a true crisis.

Weissman goes through an entire community and explores many viewpoints that tell the truth, and well as providing a narrative that’s understandable from any audience’s point of view.

Whether or not you are familar with events of the 1980s and 1990s, you will still feel a strong connection with characters in the documentary. We Were Here has some very weighty moments, and the format can grow tiresome. It is made up of interviews with news broadcasts in between.

But it is saved by the fact that it does not fear going close to contradictions. Paul Boneberg, one of the film’s more political five, describes the gay community as such: “If you took a group of young men and told them that they could have sex as much as you want, how much do you think they’d have? They’d have a lot of sex.”  Earlier on in the film one of the profiled people asks that people remember that ”[homosexuals] are not some network of people who just like to have sex.”

The five characters here don’t need to prove anything or make any grand arguments, so their willingness to share moments of great personal strength don’t come off as preachy. As Ed Wolf, a counselor who attested to being “terrified” by anonymous sex but somehow managed to comfort those who could not survive the disease’s grasp, says, “It’s not heroic, you just do it.”

The documentary was released in September and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Rates of HIV increasing in baby boom generation

Ageing Baby Boomers are taking more risks when it comes to sex and are less likely to use protection, according to experts.

According to freedomhealth.co.uk and specialists in the south-east of England, people over 50 are increasingly at risk of HIV. People 50 and older may be entering the dating game again, looking for long term partners or some romance.

Along with that, they are enjoying a renewed period of sexual activity, but they are failing to take precautions. Continue reading

UN AIDs summit commits to treat 15 million people by 2015

A United Nations AIDS summit has committed to more than doubling the number of AIDS patients gettig  life-saving treatment to 15 million by 2015.

The accord is considered by health groups to be a crucial step in obtaining universal access to drugs. However, wealthy countries must now promise to commit to paying to bill.

Countries at the summit, which marks, the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS, have issued a statement which says they commit to accelerate efforts to achieve the goal of universal access to antiretroviral treatment.

The statement says that the UN sets a target of seeing that more than 15 million HIV sufferers in the poorest countries around the world are on antiretroviral treatment by 2015. The accord also contains the objective of the end mother-to-child transfer of HIV by 2015.  Finally, it aims to increase preventive measures for the most vulnerable populations.

The international community currently funds treatment for about 6.6 million people in poorer countries, mainly in Africa. The summit declaration does not make specific new funding commitments. About $10 billion a year is spent now, and the UN agency co-ordinating the international battle against the disease estimates that more than $6 billion of additional annual funding is needed to get treatment to 15 million people.

www.datepositive.net, as an hiv dating site and an advocate of safe sex, supports this accord as well as any other action to help people in poor countries who have AIDS.

Youtube clip tells Datepositive member’s story

This Youtube video was produced by a company for TrueTube and then posted on Youtube.com. It tells the story of a women who is a member of datepositive.net and how she got herpes from her boyfriend. It’s a sad story, and at the same time a warning about the risk of getting herpes when someone is asymtomatic (ie not showing symptoms) – as was the case with this woman’s former boyfriend.

The good news is that the woman featured met new friends on datepositive.net and is now in a relationship.