WASHINGTON POST -- May 10 -- Shawn Henderson tried online dating through AOL, but he preferred a personals site for those, like him, who're HIV-positive. Nancy stumbled across Meet People With H (http://www.MPwH.net). She posted information about herself, along with a photo, and within days, responses from "tons of men" -- including CEOs, a firefighter and an architect -- came pouring in. More than 65 million Americans live with a viral sexually transmitted disease such as herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and HIV. Many online dating services find the subject of STDs to be taboo. Positive Personals (for people diagnosed with HIV) and After H (herpes and HPV) work like any online dating service. The Antopia Herpes/HPV Network is the largest and busiest STD community on the Web, with nearly 45,000 members (http://www.gotherpes.com). FULL ARTICLE @ WASHINGTON POST
Mark Brooks: Mainstream dating sites have left this niche completely unattended. A great niche and valuable public service.