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STI dating services are a product of the stigma, not an empowering way out of it.Not to mention that people with herpes are diverse.This is a play for legitimacy and access to my platform, and I’m super done with it.As soon as a company like Truster starts talking about how they’re going to eradicate herpes stigma in a naïve and ignorant Medium post, I need to play bad cop. It’s time to talk about herpes dating websites and how much I hate them.These websites enable the self-segregation of the H community in a way that I believe contributes to our invisibility and inertia. Some of these websites claim to empower their customers.Just because a product is built for women doesn’t make it feminist, and just because a product is built for people with STIs doesn’t mean it serves our causes. What we need is better sex education and health care, access to therapy and more representation.
Herpes dating sites give people with herpes a great chance to find a stress-free, guilt-free and no barriers on physical intimacy relationship.Which leads me to my next concern: these websites and apps are not created by people with STIs, or by people who are openly STI positive.Some of them bring on consultants in the sexual health world, but only after the fact, and by and large their founders do not come from our community.I don’t care about your vague plans to invest in public health campaigns if you become profitable.You cannot say your service fights STI stigma when it relies on stigma to exist.