STD dating platform MeetPositives has expanded its services to include a section that encourages LGBTQ singles to find a partner.
The website aims to create a helpful community for singles to talk and get advice about living with a condition. The dating service offers a place for romantic relationships to begin without an awkward conversation about STDs needing to take place.
Text from the new page reads: “If you have a positive status, dating can be a challenging process because a lot of people will not want to risk getting infected. This is why opening up about STD infections is difficult for positive LGBT singles. Experiencing rejection is difficult and losing a potential partner is also painful.
“However, the disclosure process is necessary and finding a way to tell them about your STD status is never easy. Most positive gay singles will face rejection at some point but just because you’re positive doesn’t mean you should give up on love and relationships.”
Academic research from The University of California San Diego earlier this year found that GBTQ men who are on dating apps are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, like not using protection.
This update from MeetPositives comes just one week after Positive Singles, another service for people with venereal diseases, introduced a new mode for gay users living with HIV.
To celebrate the festive period, MeetPositives has been letting people register for free premium subscriptions, which usually cost $29.95 a month, up until Christmas Day.
Find out more here.