One of the biggest challenges for positive singles, or people with sexually transmitted diseases (STD), is they believe once they are diagnosed their social life is over. There are an estimated 110 million Americans who have some type of STD, with 20 million new cases being diagnosed every year. Positive singles not only find love, liberty and longevity but online counseling and support for managing and coming to terms with the stigma of testing positive for an STD.
Positive Singles is not the only dating site for singles with an STD but it is arguably the most popular site. On this site people can narrow their communication by only connecting with those who have the same diagnosis or they can communicate with others who have been positively diagnosed with another type of STD.
Many people are apprehensive of sharing their status because of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS or other STDs. However, Iowa is considering revising laws concerning people who are HIV positive and decide to keep quiet. Of course this law would apply to those who are considering sexual encounters.
According to the supposed law being considered in Iowa if one party is HIV positive while the other is not and they have consensual sex without the disclosure of the disease. this would be considered a crime. It matters not if the unsuspecting party was infected or not as a result of the encounter.
In Iowa this crime will bear the same weight as carrying a deadly weapon. The carrier of the disease could be sentenced to 25 years in jail in addition to being registered as a sex offender for the rest of their life. Non-disclosure will be considered HIV Criminalization if this law is revised.
A survey conducted on HIV positive people, given by HIV positive people, in Patna confirmed the theory that many people with STDs are afraid to disclose their status. The results of the survey revealed that 50 percent of those surveyed have not revealed their positive status to their family and 77 percent have not told their close friends. The survey also revealed that 34 percent of those who are employed faced problems at their jobs once their HIV positive status became known. The majority of the survey participants consisted of people within the informal class.
It is important to note that HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was believed to be. Several of the survey partakers testified concerning Modern Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). This treatment has been known to prevent the HIV virus from multiplying. Many times it suppresses the virus so much that it is undetectable. Recent research shows that people taking ART do not easily transmit the virus, even under the most risky sexual conditions.
Another study known as HPTN 052 revealed that ART reduced the chance of HIV transmission by 96 percent. In the UK another study showed out of more than 30,000 unprotected sex acts, no HIV transmissions occurred.
Today a 20-year-old HIV positive person who starts taking ART can expect to live until 77-years-old; which is close proximity to the average life expectancy for American men. With better treatments people are living a better quality of life and longer than ever before. There are estimated 1.2 million people in the United States living with the HIV virus and 34 million worldwide.
Positive singles are given another chance to find love, liberty and longevity on PositiveSingles.com. This is the world’s most trusted and largest online community for people with HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Hepatitis, HPV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis other STDs. Many have found friends, dates, support and even marriage just by taking the step to connect.
Positive singles around the globe have identified this as the number one community for those living with a variety of STDs. Positive Singles has been around for 14 years and has been the source for many of its member’s happiness during the many years of its existence. Members can either remain anonymous or feel free to reveal their identities; it all depends on their level of comfort.
This site has an active membership which exceeds 15,000. This number grows daily and as a result the Positive Singles community has become stronger than ever. Positive Singles is known as the “all things STD” site.
One of the biggest challenges for people with sexually transmitted diseases is they immediately began to fear their social life is over. Positive singles find love, liberty and longevity in addition to online support and counseling for managing and coming to grips with the stigma of testing positive for an STD.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)