When MPwH was created in 1998, there were very few resources for people living with STDs, and MPwH quickly became a go-to resource for the online H community. Fast forward 15 years, and the Internet is very different, with a mind-boggling variety of websites. At the same time, our members have spoken, and MPwH is no longer essential.
After a lot of analysis and experimentation, the MPwH Admin Team has decided to end website operations effectiveNovember 1, 2013. We have diligently kept the lights on, but the MPwH Admin Team has run out of financial, emotional and physical resources. The overwhelming challenge of operating an old-school "ethics and quality" website has finally caught up with our mom and pop operation, and the site is no longer viable.
What does this mean for existing members? We're giving advance notice because our direction is obvious now. MPwH site access will continue (either upgraded or not upgraded), with no major changes, until the day the servers go offline and the site goes dark on November 1, 2013. A friendly reminder to "Lifers" that as stated in the Terms of Service, Lifetime accounts provide upgraded access for the lifetime of the site, not the lifetime of the member.
What You Need to Do:
If you're serious about finding your special someone, or perhaps just a good friend or three, you still have a couple of months to make that happen. New member signups will be available until October 15, and MPwH will be "business-as-usual" through some time on November 1, 2013. So, GET BUSY!!
To enable as many people as possible to contact other members, we're offering a special $10 membership fee (one time payment) which upgrades your account through October 31, 2013. This offer will be available online throughSeptember 14, 2013. After that date, upgrades will be purchased with mailed-in money orders or cash (no personal checks!).
Potential Next Steps: The Future of MPwH
We need to talk about potential next steps. It shouldn't surprise MPwH members to learn that the future of this community could be in your hands. We've always said that MPwH's success directly reflects the participation of our members, and that is still true. If you have the desire (and the resources) to create a "new" MPwH community online, or you know someone who does, send an email with your proposal to the Admin Team at [email protected]. If you think you have what it takes to create a new and vibrant MPwH community, we'd like to hear from you.
IMPORTANT: Emails without detailed and realistic proposals will not receive a response, and we do not have a phone number we can associate with this discussion.
To be completely clear: your personal information, member profiles, and pictures are not for sale. The member database and current website programming are not for sale. All member information is private and we will never sell, rent, or share that information. If someone wants to build a new community, we will only support that by communicating with current members to help with that transition. The MPwH Admin Team will ONLY send promotional emails to current MPwH members advising of a new MPwH website. Also, our collection of MPwH and Antopia domain names are available for sale.
To each of our loyal members, past and present, we'd like to thank you for your humor, your patience, your loyalty and your generous spirit. Your participation helped MPwH to help thousands of people over the past 15 years.
From the bottom of our hearts - thanks, and we wish you the best in everything!
Your MPwH Admin Team