STD Friends Review

STD Friends was redesigned even before we first reviewed it and has kept with its Web 2.0 design. Even if personally I find it a bit heavy on the white background, I know that it’s supposed to make the text easier to read. It also gives you added features integrated into the interface, like below your profile pic is a section of stats showing everything offered on the site, which helps streamline navigation. For example, you can see who’s online in the blink of an eye.

The signup process requires you to complete quite a few fields. Nowadays, it is more correct to say “sexually transmitted infections” or STIs. The term STDs is slightly outdated, so STDFriends is a bit behind the times with its name. At any rate, you can choose several fields, such as Herpes (HSV I and II) or HIV from a dropdown menu. You can also simply select a nonspecific “other” category.

“There are several forms of community interaction on STD Friends, from group chat rooms to members’ forums to personal blogs.”

The site makes an effort to give you direct info about health issues. It also has links to other websites covering the different STIs mentioned. There are several forms of community interaction on STD Friends, from group chat rooms to members’ forums to personal blogs. The chat is restricted to paying subscribers, but other services are open for everyone who is a member.

For a limited time and in an effort to encourage participation, they offered a free month’s full membership to those contributing posts. It seems that this offer has ended, because I can’t find any mention of it now. I think it must have had limited success, but it did generate some worthwhile postings.

Although STDFriends.com offers localized searches to all members and you can view as many full-length profiles as you want, these options used to have daily limits placed on them. However, when those restrictions were removed, others were added. For example, you can no longer send free winks and replying to messages isn’t free either. One thing that hasn’t changed though is the lack of last login info.

This site has attracted limited visitors to its pages. Its traffic really hasn’t increased at all since our initial visit. A lower-than-average price doesn’t even seem to help. I guess it has something to do with the sensitive nature of its target market.

Many folks probably feel too shy about sharing their situation with strangers, which is too bad, because they don’t know what they’re missing. I think it would be harder to discuss these things on a standard dating site. Many members have attested to the fact that the open atmosphere of STD Friends is very liberating.

STDs Dating Review

STDs Dating brings refreshing openness to the world of online dating. Everyone is honest and direct. There’s no shyness about having sexually transmitted infections on this site. It really cuts through a lot of roundabout awkwardness. It’s nice to know straightaway that you’re dealing with someone who can relate to where you’re coming from. Putting all your cards on the table makes the dating game a lot more relaxing. It allows you to concentrate on the things that really matter in finding your ideal match.

STDsDating.com has the usual sort of signup process. However, the profile questions don’t avoid the most obvious thing you’d expect them to address. You are immediately asked which STD you have. There’s a list of several options to choose from such as Herpes Type I or II, HIV, Chlamydia or thrush. There’s no choice not to be open about your situation. If you’re not willing to let everyone know the state of your sexual health then this site is not going to work for you. It takes honesty from everyone for a site such as this to function properly.

“It’s nice to know straightaway that you’re dealing with someone who can relate to where you’re coming from.”

Searches are easy enough to use. However, you have extremely limited options until you upgrade. You can only search to within 100 miles of home. The only other determining factor until you pay is age range. Obviously, it might be a bit hard to tell how many folks are in your local area until you sign up to a monthly plan. After all, you can’t see last login info without upgrading either. Once you pay then you can use all the other criteria that people use when filling out their profiles. You can even do keyword searches once you’ve shelled out for premium access.

I’ll be frank. The design of this site isn’t going to exactly blow you away. It’s rather simple. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some added features. There is a STI news section for premium members. Upgraded members also get a live chat. Something new is the site offering an STI councilor service. As a free member, you’ll find personal blogs to read. There are free message boards to check out as well. I find that if you are someone finding it hard to cope with your diagnosis, then there are many people in this online community to give you advice and support.

This site is relatively new. It really hasn’t attracted that many visitors to its pages yet. However, it does seem to have a good number of existing members already. I think that STDs Dating is one site that will definitely grow, so why not check it out for free.

Positive Singles Review

Positive Singles is a safe dating community for those living with sexually transmitted infections. They refer to them as STDs, but sexually transmitted infections (or STIs) is the more accepted term now. At first blush it looks like any other dating site. Everyone is open about having an STI – no one is hiding it. That cuts out the feeling of pressure or unease you might feel on other sites. It’s peace of mind with all the usual dating services you’d expect.

The profile quality at PositiveSingles.com is decent. You answer all the usual questions. Right off the top, though, you get asked to specify the STI that you have, such as Herpes Type I or II, HIV, Chlamydia or thrush. This dating site only works if you’re open about your situation. If you’re not comfortable with that level of openness, it won’t work for you. Other than that, the profile questions run like most other dating sites and the profile quality is about the same, too.

“This dating site only works if you’re open about your situation. If you’re not comfortable with that level of openness, it won’t work for you.”

Presentation is a little lacking on Positive Singles. It’s not a slick site, but it certainly gets the job done. Still, getting the job done may not be enough to compete with some of the major players in the long run, but this site’s niche has limited competition. So, it’s less about sleekness and more about community. They’ve added an STI counselor service and STI news, plus members’ blogs give you a sense of support.

There are enough search options to make it easy to find someone special. Unfortunately, the most detailed ones require you pay in order to use them. Free members can search by age and within a 100-mile radius, but that’s it. If you want to hand over the money, you can filter through all the options you filled out when you signed up and narrow results to within 50 miles of home.

There are keyword searches for finding those profiles with elusive interests. Just keep in mind that, again, you need to upgrade to use them. A larger problem is that you also can’t see last login info until you’ve paid for a subscription, which makes figuring out the level of activity in your local area difficult.

The site’s price went up a while back and at that time the number of visitors to its pages declined. Since then, there has been a small increase in people viewing the site. Still, I’d make sure to look around and run enough searches for people in your area before you make the leap. Positive Singles offers a sense of community and has grown to a modest level of popularity.