Herpes and dating
Some of them bring on consultants in the sexual health world, but only after the fact, and by and large their founders do not come from our community.
These entrepreneurs may believe they have our best interests at heart, but they will never understand the stigma as well as someone who lives with it.
A booming app industry in Silicon Valley means that new STI dating services pop up every few months, and a cursory Google search means that their marketing team, or their founder, or their intern, quickly discovers me. As time goes on and stigma lessens, there will be less of a demand for these services.
Herpes sufferers need not be alone after a tech firm from Hong Kong created a brand new dating app that lets them meet similarly afflicted people. She starting dating again using an app exclusively for people with sexually transmitted infections."When I first starting doing it I would tell the guy on the first date because I was already tired of being hurt and I didn't want to be vulnerable and it was like, ' If you can't accept this then I'm just going to cut and run right now before I start getting feelings for you.'" Once, after telling a date she had herpes, she was delighted to find out that he too carried the virus.Like other dating services, they can be unsafe spaces for women where harassment and coercion thrive.When you round up a vulnerable and isolated population, create a community space and fail to moderate it or protect your users, you create a dangerous environment.