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Getty Images Lana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1997.
Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene.
People with mental health problems, from chronic depression to schizophrenia, have also benefited from specialized sites.
Jim Leftwich, 39, a college librarian from White Plains, N.
“Most of us with this don't wish to spread it.” Despiteor perhaps because ofthe economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. While sites like and e Harmony don't discriminate, they also don't cater to people like Lana who are coping with sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities, or mental health conditions.
Even in our post–Americans With Disabilities Act society, notes Watson, failing to mention that youre confined to a wheelchair or dealing with another type of handicap might bring a first date to an abrupt end after a courtesy “Im sorry” drink.
Next Page: The stigma of mental illness [ pagebreak ]The stigma of mental illness People with physical disabilities arent the only ones who face stigma while dating.
Both sites require members to disclose their illnesses upfront, clearing the air for what might be a deal-breaking revelation later.
Within her first week on Positive Singles, she went on three dates and has since gone on seven more, which fostered one romantic relationship and a friendship over the past two years. “I dont think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site,” says Lana.
“If its the 30th day of the month, youre thinking, ‘Ive got one more day to find someone or its another $35.” Date Able, which was founded in 1987 by a Washington, D.