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“Be free to be you”
Devan Nambiar grew tired of traditional dating sites that stigmatized against people who were living with HIV. So, he decided to start his own site.
Nambiar, a cis-gender gay South Asian-Canadian person living with HIV since 1989, says his goal is to create a dating site strictly for people living with HIV. Millions of people living with HIV are living longer and in relatively good health. And they are looking to date, fall in love, make new friends build and create loving communities. With the science of U=U, Undetectable equals Untransmittable, people living with HIV can plan, and dream of a future of many possibilities without the stigma of HIV.
That is where Positivelove.ca comes in. Positivelove.ca is the only global online dating site created by a brown, gay man for HIV-positive people. It is the first Canadian dating website for people living with HIV. The site makes it easy for HIV positive people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations to get connected and celebrate life with the millions of people living with HIV across the world. Along with dating, Nambiar wants Positivelove.ca to be a social networking site, a place to make new friends and build Positivelove communities across the globe.
“Positivelove.ca is an online platform for people living with HIV to meet similar persons, with joy and celebration. No fear of rejection, discrimination and stigma,” said Nambiar, who serves on various health committees including HIV Research Advisory Committees in Canada. “Positivelove.ca allows you to be free to embrace all of yourself, and the others to create friendships, relationships and caring, loving communities around the globe.”
Along with being exclusive to people living with HIV, the site stands out for being in nine languages — English, Arabic, Chinese simplified, French, Hindi, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Urdu. It also abides by the principles of GIPA or the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS. That principal, according to UNAIDS, aims to ensure that people living with HIV have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
The site also makes your privacy a priority. Each profile is monitored carefully and the site guarantees that your information is never disclosed or shared with other organizations.
To learn more about the founder, Devan, visit: GHIS.CA