And the growing number of people in similar situations has created a new industry: Internet dating sites just for people with STDs.From to stdmatch.net, Web sites abound for the infected who want to date the infected. One in four women is infected with genital herpes, and nearly one in five men according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
She says: 'Dating apps are following wider social trends and changing behaviours that have been unfolding for decades - there's a liberalisation of attitudes towards the number of partners, the status of relationships, towards marriage, divorce, etc.
And a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one in four women has human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.(Interactive: Test your STD knowledge) Once John got over the initial shock of his diagnosis, one of the first things he did was go online.
(Watch how daunting dating can be for those with STDs )"I went on Craig's List and posted a note that said, 'I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I'm a decent professional man, and I've ended up with this.' Someone then contacted me and said, 'Have you heard of Charlotteh?
'"Once John joined - part support group, part dating site for people with herpes - everything changed.
"I would have been happy to have had just one person to unload everything I was feeling," he says.