PositiveSingles.com Reports How Herpes Sufferers Handle the Stigma
Los Angeles California (PRWEB) October 17, 2014
Herpes is a widespread and incurable disease, affecting an estimated 20% of the adult population in the US. In spite of its prevalence, the disease is frequently a target for jokes and insensitive comments, both in movies and real life. This is a hot topic for discussion among herpes patients on PositiveSingles.com, and this herpes dating site has new insights into how herpes sufferers deal with this problem.
The question was posed about how people with herpes deal with negative mentions like this. 46.38% of the members on PositiveSingles.com voted that they just try not to let comments like this bother them anymore. They feel that jokes like this will never stop, and that they just need to learn to roll with it. 53.62% of the members voted that they see this as a sign of how uneducated most people are about herpes, and that it is ignorance of the disease which leads to the stigma.
Some specific comments shed further light on how herpes patients feel about the topic. For some people, this is still a difficult issue. One person said "I would be lying if I said I did not feel uncomfortable, and like an outsider. The shame and disappointment of not being able to approach women of interest hurts." Another said that with the current state of political correctness, they could not fathom how people still seem to think it's funny to make such callous jokes.
Other commenters on this std dating site indicated that they have learned to not let it bother them. One person said that if he didn't have herpes, he would have found these jokes funny, so he can understand why other people still laugh at them. Another person said that they didn't find general jokes about herpes to be that big of a deal, and they felt far worse when they heard gossip or negative talk about a specific individual.
PositiveSingles.com is the largest online STD dating site that caters specifically to herpes singles and other STDs, and the site has helped these people to find love for more than 13 years. Members use the site to find dates and make new friends, and they appreciate the warm, supportive community that the site provides. Members can create a free anonymous profile, and member data is never sold, rented or disclosed.
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