Some of these new digital dating agencies, which are free of charge, cater specifically to certain diseases, while others take a more general approach and don’t just confine themselves to the incurable: Chlamydia and even thrush are all on the handy drop down menus.
Positive Singles boasts of 30,000 registered UK members - while Herpes Dating says it has 794,600 members – with more than 60,000 dating success stories.
A friend who uses it tells me: “It’s good if you’re picky…
Despite Casual Kiss being kind of scammy, with only 3000 monthly visitors, I decided to give it a try all the same – and I wasn’t entirely disappointed.A brief glance at the statistics will paint a very different picture: almost 500,000 new cases of STIs were diagnosed in 2012 in the UK; more than 90,000 were living with HIV and one in two people under 25 tested positive for Chlamydia.Meanwhile studies show that one in four students catch a sexual infection during their first year of university; three quarters of sexually active women will contract HPV in their lives and by the age of 30, 50 per cent of people will have contracted HSV-1 and 25 per cent of the sexually active, HSV-2. Sign up and along with ‘enjoys yoga,’ you also enter your STI into your profile.At first people were drawn to the app for its simplicity - users can swipe left to decline and right to approve a date. Now, it seems you can’t go anywhere without meeting couples who got together though it.The app’s best quality is undoubtedly its sheer amount of users – there are 50 million active ones, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of potential matches.Before you join, the app has to approve you as a member (a slightly daunting process) or you have to be invited.