You know where to go when you’re looking for a roommate, a job or a used bike, but have you used Craigslist for online dating?
There is an entire section on the classified site devoted to people looking for a human connection — personal ads ranging from missed connections, women for men, men for women, women for women, men for men, strictly platonic, miscellaneous romance and casual encounters.
And a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one in four women has human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.(Interactive: Test your STD knowledge) Once John got over the initial shock of his diagnosis, one of the first things he did was go online.
(Watch how daunting dating can be for those with STDs )"I went on Craig's List and posted a note that said, 'I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I'm a decent professional man, and I've ended up with this.' Someone then contacted me and said, 'Have you heard of Charlotteh?
At Positive Singles, we have been helping people with STDs find love and support since 2001.
One guy told me he met his soul mate on Craigslist and they later used the site to vet for some swinging.The one big problem with Craigslist is you have to be very careful of scams and fraud.Since it is a free service, it does tend to attract criminals looking for an easy target.And the growing number of people in similar situations has created a new industry: Internet dating sites just for people with STDs.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.