Top 8 Dating Websites For People Living With HIV
Dating can be tiring and frustrating. And finding someone you are compatible with is hard for everyone, perhaps especially more so if you are HIV-positive.
While some people living with HIV still choose to use common apps like Grindr, Tinder, OKcupid or Match.com, others find it easier to use sites and apps specifically targeted for those who are HIV-positive.
The good news is that there are a lot of sites already out there to help HIV-positive people find other HIV-positive people, and that market only seems to keep growing.
These are a few sites that have been quite popular. Yet, at first glance, all the sites look similar. And while it may be hard to distinguish between them, it may just take some experimentation and talking to other HIV-positive people who have already used the sites.
Here’s a list of the 8 most popular sites:
Hzone is marketed as the No. 1 HIV dating app for HIV singles. It uses location-based technology to find matches in your area. With the same format as Tinder, you can anonymously like (or pass) on potential matches and then send direct messages. One downside is that you need to pay a membership to use the app, which many people think discourages people from using it. www.Hzoneapp.com
One cool aspect to Poz.com is that it’s more than just a dating site. It’s dedicated to offer HIV-positive individuals a community. It offers forums, news articles, mentoring and medical information. The dating part of the site is similar to the format of OKcupid. A basic POZ Personals membership is free and allows you to see other members’ profiles, share up to five photos and track who has looked at your profile. A paid premium membership places your profile above other matches and allows you to save your favorite searches. POZ Personals also has advice from members on dating. www.POZ.com
PozMatch is a site that connects people looking for friendships and relationships, claiming to have thousands of members from around the world. Basic membership is free and includes a profile, five photos, browsing, searching and instant messaging, among other features. A premium membership includes all these features plus private email, webcam and video, and other services. www.PozMatch.com
HIV and Single
HIV and Single provides forums and resources for staying up-to-date on the latest in HIV research and treatment. According to the site, its mission is to help HIV-positive individuals find love without judgment. In your standard membership, you can create a profile, add an unlimited number of photos and upload video and audio clips. A premium membership gives you the ability to contact other members, send and receive text messages, and participate in community forums. The site also provides dating tips for those who are new to or apprehensive about online dating. www.HIVandSingle.com
If you’re concerned about privacy and sharing your personal information online, then Positives Dating may be a good site to try. Each profile is monitored carefully, and the site guarantees that your information is never disclosed or shared with other organizations. www.PositivesDating.com
A site designed for those with HIV, HPV, herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Positive Singles has been forming connections since 2001. You can read about some of their 60,000+ dating success stories on the site.
Features also include a live dating advisor and online chat rooms. The free app is another way for you to find potential matches. The site claims to be the largest in the world. www.PositiveSingles.com
A site for dating, as well as finding companionship or emotional support, HIV Passions is a free online dating and social networking site for HIV-positive singles. You can create a new profile or register with Facebook to start finding and accessing your top matches. Besides matching singles, the site also includes chat rooms, forums and blogs, video channels and book reviews. www.HIVPassions.com
HIV People Meet
HIV People Meet is a free dating site that works to help people who are HIV positive find love. This free dating site allows you to find other singles going through similar situations. By joining HIV People Meet, you have access to a live dating advisor and other support services. The website also provides information on local support events and offers successful dating tips. www.HIVPeopleMeet.com