There’s an art to finding an using a great free dating site, and it usually involves a lot of care, time and attention. Useful STD or STI dating sites aren’t as easy to come by, so combine the two needs, and you may find yourself in a pickle.
I’ve either used or reviewed each of these STD dating sites myself to see what they’re about and to make sure they’re actually free. Here, you’ll see them ranked in order of my favorite to least favorable.
STD Community wants to offer its members a completely free dating site, with few (if any) ads. I didn’t see any when I visited, but the owner’s statement on their About Us page states they may add a Donate button at some point to help with the costs of maintaining the site.
This is the only site I encountered that allowed for more than either gay or straight sexual options. It’s also the only one that didn’t offer the option to say you don’t have an STD or STI. It has a clean layout and lots of options (privacy groups, blogs, subscribing to another member’s updates, photo albums with varied permissions), making it a favorite site on this list.
HMates offers one of the largest database of members amongst all of the STD dating sites, free or otherwise, with more than 15,000 members listed to date.
The cheery and straightforward layout hosts lots of standard features, such as chat and advanced search options. Everyone on the site either has HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) or HPV (Human Papillomavirus) or doesn’t mind dating someone with either diagnosis. Finding other folks on the site is quite easy, but you’ll need to fill out your profile completely before you can contact anyone else.
STD Passions shares a database with many dating sites (such as HIV Passions and Herpes Passions) with the umbrella company being Passions.com. With this in mind, the database of members runs around 35 million people, but most of them don’t have any STDs or STI’s, so keep that in mind when signing up.
In fact, many of the people there may have signed up thinking it was a casual dating site or may have paid when you didn’t have to. STD Passions is completely free and has a host of features and benefits for their members to take advantage of.
That’s great if you don’t mind being in a community of folks who may or may not have an STD, but you may not feel comfortable sharing your picture or searching for other members if you aren’t sure what their health status is, either. If none of those things bother you, definitely check it out.
According to the site, “StopsWithUs.com provides a place where everyone can disclose to every partner every time, without an uncomfortable conversation or a fear of being stigmatized.”
The site has a great layout, lots of search options, event listings, hot-or-not pages, videos, and more. The issue is that there aren’t a lot of folks who have signed up yet, and all of the hot-or-not pictures and blogs are available for all to see, regardless of whether or not you’ve signed up. Many of the blogs are filled with spam, and the privacy options aren’t up to snuff, which is why this site isn’t the best on the list. N
Herpes Anonymous is completely free STD dating site that focuses more on the community aspects than the dating side of things.
It only takes about 3 minutes to sign up, and many questions are easily skipped if desired. Then you’ll need to confirm your email address and wait for the moderators to approve your profile before you gain full access to the site. There are not a lot of folks on the site, however. When I searched, I only found 49 people listed in my province and none at all in my city.
I’m not a fan of dating sites that ask for a first name or those that don’t allow you peruse anything at all without having signed up, first. With this in mind, Web Connections wasn’t on my good side when I signed up, no matter how pretty their main page looked or enticed me to join.
I also had no idea it was an STD dating site until after I joined, and even then I had to look around during the profile creation phase to see that having an STD was an option to click on later on in the list. A few spelling mistakes in the profile section also got me grumbling, but I still persisted. The search function doesn’t allow you to search by location, only by age and type of STD, which is a big miss and puts Web Connections at the bottom of my list of free STD dating sites.