In fact, it's a whole new start," it says on H-YPE.
A 12th Century illness described as "the perilous infirmity of burning" may have referred to gonorrhoea, also known as "the clap". There's also the suggestion that these sites can give the false impression that just because you have the same STI, unprotected sex is safe. The bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae were first described by German physician Albert Neisser in Picture posed by models Dating can often be fraught with uncertainty and self-consciousness.
Similarly HPV often only causes one outbreak of genital warts despite technically being incurable, says sexual health physician Dr Mark Pakianathan. For those with incurable sexually transmitted infections STIsare tailored websites the answer for people nervous of telling potential partners about their condition?
Even when you're let down politely, it affects you. Others, such as PositiveSingles - which has 30, members in the UK, accumulatingnew members last year worldwide - and DatePositive, which has more than 6, profiles, allow users to search for people with almost any sexually transmitted infection.
Putting all the information upfront "brings it back to the basics of a relationship Kate, 36, from Manchester, who has herpes, thinks the stigma attached to STIs also means "people assume you've slept around".
Of course plenty of people with STIs find love with non-infected partners. For many, the thought of telling a new partner about their STI is terrifying.
A brief history Thanks to the discovery of penicillin in the early 20th Century, syphilis and gonorrhoea can now be treated with antibiotics, but both infections were once incurable. On most sites, users can write as much or as little about their condition as they like. Too late, and there's the risk of incurring anger or losing trust.
For most people, it barely affects their lives, while many others do not even know they have it. Too early, and the person may cut their losses before even getting to know you. Against this backdrop, it's easy to understand the success of STI dating websites.
And the stigma can make it a daunting prospect. Now there are so many, there are Top 10 lists. Typically you enter your age and sexual preference, details you'd add on any mainstream dating site. There are often online counsellors, people can share their experiences in blog posts and some have events.