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17-Jan-2018 17:56

“After being diagnosed with HIV in 2013 I found stigma and the opinions of others to be the hardest part of moving on with life.

When trying to begin dating again I was met with rejection due to my status (along with verbal abuse on occasion) and found that the few services who specifically reached out to the HIV community, were higher price when compared to general dating sites,” Goyvaerts told “Personally though the hardest part of using mainstream dating apps and having HIV is the rejection due to my status.

Signing up takes just a tick after which you can browse, chat and meet men or women who know exactly what it’s like to date when living with HIV.

If you have had your fair share of dating and mating experiences, chances are you have developed a checklist of sorts to determine who makes the cut for the second date. You have a lot going on and you don’t need to waste your time on a man who doesn’t meet the criteria for a long-term love interest.

Goyvaerts said he was inspired to build the app after suffering abuse on other apps and the higher price of apps aimed at people living with HIV.

He also explained that the hardest part of using “mainstream dating apps” was be rejected due to his HIV status.

The app was created by Andrew Goyvaerts In an interview with here is a brief outline of how the app came about. It was only launched in March but it’s a concept I came up with about two years ago.

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Created by Andrew Goyvaerts, POZ launched in March to help PLHIV navigate the dating world without facing stigma about their status.poz is a new app proudly serving the dating needs of the HIV community (both heterosexual and LGBT).This concept was created by a positive person follow their own diagnoses due to there being so few places that we can meet someone to date without fear of stigma or even rejection upon disclosure of status.But then there’s that side of me that knows how liberating it is to be in a relationship with someone positive,” he told Tsipiras was also concerned PLHIV might miss out on meeting the love of their life if they restrict themselves to finding another positive person to date.

“Being a part of the The Institute of Many, we hear day in and day out of people ‘sero sorting’, they prefer to date other positive people,” he said.If you have a positive status, dating can be a challenging process because a lot of people will not want to risk getting infected.