Mind and Body

Dating Service Matches People With Herpes

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Canadian-based dating service is matching people who have herpes, the Toronto Sun reported.

Camelot Introductions, which is located in Winnipeg, also will no longer work with smokers, it announced.

“As of a year ago, we stopped accepting clients who smoke, because time after time, when we were attempting to match (them), their files would be rejected,” said Lianne Tregobov, of Camelot.

Tregobov said she added people who have herpes to the client list after several people inquired about it.

She said many people are open to being matched with someone who has the condition, even if they do not.

"We don't necessarily match two people with herpes together, we match based on compatibility and based on acceptance," she said. "Every single person is asked are you open to it? Yes or no."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 6 people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.

Jill, a Camelot client who does not wish to reveal her last name, said dating with herpes is a challenge.

"It's just a rash,” she said. “It's no more different than having a cold sore on your face."

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