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"Many of them never had the puppy love, been broken up with, experienced the fights, or the good stuff." To make up for this lost time, his best bit of advice is to be totally honest.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 don't think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site," says Lana.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."And let's face it, depending on what [the illness] is, it could very well make you uncompetitive in the larger dating pool." Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives.
A new breed of dating site has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.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."But I probably knew everybody in my community and nobody I knew wanted to date me or vice versa.Lynn lived 60 miles away, but we made it work." By pushing a "friends first" concept, which has been emulated in the communal blog and forum features of Prescription 4 Love, No Longer Lonely, and other illness-specific sites, Date Able members can get up to speed on the dating world in a familiar environment without the prying eyes of the Web.All of these can make dating -- often an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect health -- even trickier.