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“We all feel that little bit of a bruised ego if we get turned down because we’re not someone’s type or because of our looks but being turned down because I’m positive bruised me in a way I have never felt before,” he explained.However, although Goyvaerts criticised the high prices of some apps already in existence, he too will introduce a “pro-membership” charge once the app has attracted enough users.Created by Andrew Goyvaerts, POZ launched in March to help singletons navigate the dating world without facing stigma about their status.“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,” he told Pink News.

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There were a few things that I found with mainstream dating apps that complicated things: One was coming out of the ‘HIV closet’, which I think a lot of gay men battle with, and the second was rejection on those sites.Experiencing rejection is difficult and losing a potential partner is also painful.However, the disclosure process is necessary and finding a way to tell them about your STD status is never easy.We all feel that little bit of a bruised ego if we get turned down because we’re not someone’s type or because of our looks but being turned down because I’m positive bruised me in a way I have never felt before.” To begin with the app will be free to use, while people grow their social connections and Goyvaerts will eventually introduce a pro-membership service for those interested.A website accompanying the app will promote sexual health, the education and awareness of HIV as well as the issues affecting those living with it in the hope of reducing stigma surrounding the condition.

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