NEWSWIRE - May 26 - PositiveSingles, a dating platform for people with STDs, has introduced a new video call feature for their iOS users. The website has ensured security and privacy while rolling out this video chat feature. There is a limit to the number of video chats users can have per day, to 20, and each call is for a max of two minutes. No one can send a video call request to hidden profiles and to people you are not in conversation with.
PRESS RELEASE - May 9 - PositiveSingles.com is launching the Dating Advisor, a live online question and answer session for people with STDs and STIs. Available Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. EST, users can live chat and ask questions anonymously. Members can send in their questions via email during times when the Dating Advisor is offline.
NEWSWIRE - Jan 18 - PositiveSingles, the world's largest dating app for single people living with STDs, now have their own private, anonymous chat "drift bottle" available. The newly created one-on-one chat feature allows users to talk freely about their STDs, dating experience, sexuality and more with another STD sufferer. Only STD positive people are allowed to use the "drift bottle."
PRESS RELEASE - Dec 6 - A analysis by PositiveSingles shows that the average age of gay men and lesbian women daters living with HIV has been continuously dropping since 2011. The % of new HIV-Positive gay members age 18 - 30 has risen from 27 % to 37% in seven years. The overall number of these members represents 29% of the site's total member base. "Dating with HIV is more popular in young people than ever. Love does not know bounds, disease or sexuality," said Alex, the PR staff of PositiveSingles.com.
NEWSWIRE - May 11 - It has been nearly half a month since Apple suddenly removed PositiveSingles.com, the largest STD dating app, from its iOS store. Apple is saying that the app violated its rule 4.3. PositiveSingles.com reminds their users to temporarily use the mobile site instead which still contains most of the important functions. The site declares that it has begun a dispute with Apple and reserves the right for future actions.
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NEWSWIRE - Mar 15 - PositiveSingles.com, a dating site and app for people with an STD, has launched 11 new features. These features include Live Support, Let's Meet, Live Dating Advisor, Successful Dating Advice, Success Stories, Inspirational Stories, Treatment Stories, Care Locations, STD Q & A, STD-related legal information, and an Offline Helping Guide.
RELEASEWIRE - Oct 30 - "Founded in 1998, PozMatch.com is one of the oldest online HIV dating sites," explained Suny Smith, PositiveSingles.com spokesperson. PositiveSingles.com has acquired the PozMatch.com domain and trademarks. PositiveSingles.com claims 200k HIV positive members from around the globe.
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VICE - July 8 - In 2001, Rick Burton launched a website called HIVNet, one of the first STD-focused dating communities on the Internet. "It was started for purely selfish reasons... I thought it would last six months or a year," he recalls. "I could meet some people and shut the thing down." Burton was first diagnosed in the 1980s, when much of America was still treating HIV and AIDS like a problem that didn't matter much because it supposedly only killed gay people. More than 15 years later, HIVNet is still going strong. Its membership is restricted to people who are actively living with the virus but it's far from the only site of its kind on the Internet. There's PositiveSingles, Hope, POZ and PozMatch. Disclosure is the most important part of dating with an STD. There is strict legislation across the U.S. that punishes the failure to disclose STD-positive status with prison time.
SKY - Nov 5 - SuccessfulMatch, the parent company of Positive Singles, is ordered to pay $16.5M in damages for displaying members' images on other sites. A lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff - known only as John Doe - and other members of Positive Singles were misled about their privacy when they joined the site. A jury agreed with Mr Doe's claim, and ordered the dating company to pay $1.5M in compensation to him, plus $15M in punitive damages.
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Mark Brooks: Proverbial, hits fan.
COURTHOUSE NEWS - Apr 23 - Online daters failed to show that SuccessfulMatch.com misled them into believing their HIV and STD statuses would remain private, a federal judge ruled. People HIV positive joined PositiveSingles.com, a dating site that promised a free and "fully anonymous" profile. But its parent SuccessfulMatch.com allows its users to scan the full profiles - including HIV status - of all its affiliates, including PositiveSingles.com, according to the lawsuit.
by William Dottinga
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BUSINESS INSIDER - Mar 28 - STD-positive dating sites such as H-YPE.com, PositivesDating.com, STDmatch.net, and PositiveSingles.com seek to match singles who have the same STDs. When signing up, people are asked to pick their STD from a drop-down menu. But there are ~100 different types of HPV out there. Even if both users have the same STD, they could still swap strains. Plus, if they have one STD, the chances that they have more than one are pretty high. These sites let users select only one.
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Feb 14 - ~500K new cases of STIs were diagnosed in 2012 in the UK; ~90K were living with HIV and one in two people under 25 tested positive for Chlamydia. Studies show that one in four students catch a sexual infection during their first year of university. Positive Singles has 30K registered UK members, while Herpes Dating says it has 795K members. A lack of support available led Max to set up H-YPE! in 2006. Sites like H-YPE! enable people with herpes or HPV to find answers to their questions in a safe and secure environment. For some, they’ve even given the hope for a future of marriage and children that they thought lost when first diagnosed.