Online dating website for people with herpes
"You feel betrayed and all of a sudden separated from the rest of the world.
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.
And another 417 million people aged 17 to 49 have the other form called HSV-2, which is associated with causing sores around the genitals.
Most people who are infected with the herpes virus, of which there are eight strands, never develop signs and symptoms. HSV-1 is often contracted in childhood, through skin-to-skin contact with an infected adult, or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or cutlery.
HSV-2 is usually transmitted sexually and can increase the risk of catching and spreading HIV, which leads to AIDS.
(CNN) -- When John got divorced after 12 years of marriage, he took a deep breath and launched into the dating scene."And wham, with my very first girlfriend, I caught herpes," he says.