Having an STI can definitely complicate your love life.
Case in point: More than 70 percent of men say they’d dump an HIV-positive partner, according to a 2017 study by online doctor service Dr Ed.
Additionally, the confusion around these infections and the fact that they sometimes don’t exhibit any symptoms, further besmirches the people who have them.
In fact, as sexual health blog notes, the term STD is used less often, and STI is preferred, because the word “disease” has too many negative connotations.
On mainstream dating Web sites, such as Plenty of Fish, 27-year-old Canadian John Anderson says he’s faced rejection since contracting herpes.
But he says he’s found a safe space with these STI-friendly sites.
Below, Pierce gives tips on how to navigate the dating world with an STI.
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.
Jenelle Marie Pierce, founder and executive director of The STD Project, a site that raises awareness around stigmas of STDs and STIs, says the ongoing slight against people with STIs exists because of the labels.
On top of this, some people just have infections and not diseases.
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