From to stdmatch.net, Web sites abound for the infected who want to date the infected. One in four women is infected with genital herpes, and nearly one in five men according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one in four women has human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.(Interactive: Test your STD knowledge) Once John got over the initial shock of his diagnosis, one of the first things he did was go online.
When he’s been even halfway tempted to tell a girl about the bankruptcy, he quickly stops himself.
Once confident with women, he’s convinced himself that women wouldn’t want to date a man with money trouble.
Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection.
Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.
Once a struggling musician, Chris, 40, of Los Angeles, CA, leaned heavily on credit cards to make ends meet.
“But before long, I was in over my head, and I couldn’t even pay the minimum balances,” he recalls; he was forced to declare bankruptcy.