AN online dating platform designed to bring together victims of HIV and Aids is enjoying great popularity in South Africa, as Aids is becoming less of a social taboo and more of a daily reality that South Africans have to live with.
“Positive Connections”, which was launched 10 years ago, aims to introduce sufferers of HIV/Aids to each other and hopes to create lasting relationships among its 25,000-strong worldwide membership base while 10% of the membership fees are donated to HIV-related charities.
A premium membership gives you the ability to contact other members, send and receive text messages, and participate in community forums.
The site also provides dating safety tips for those who are new to or apprehensive about online dating.
The company has started to also hold social events in Johannesburg to “meet and greet” fellow HIV-positive lonely hearts.
Sassman has expressed hopes for his website to go on “forever” – or at least for as long as there’s no cure for Aids.
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Sassman realised that an online platform would be the ideal business model to launch his vision of a community designed to bring HIV victims together.
However, HIV-negative individuals are not allowed to join, as the company correctly identifies that avoiding sexual relations with an HIV-infected person remains the only way of steering clear of contracting Aids.