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Dating Site for HIV/AIDS Patients Launched

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People living with HIV/AIDS deserve the right to love. No other day is perfect than today, February 14th, St. Valentines’ day, a day earmarked for the celebration in several climes round the world. Dennis Akagha, Team Lead for PLconnect has devoted his time to establishing a community where people living with HIV/AIDS meet and connect to build lasting relationships, psychological and social support systems. He has taken this initiative a notch higher to debut the No. 1 dating site specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Speaking with THE NATION, Dennis tells Joseph Olaoluwa more about the site and the numerous functions it carries out.

 

What is the initiative behind the dating site?

As young people living with HIV, growing their sexual behaviour and it’s implication on HIV prevention is of concern. “How will I ever find someone to love when I am HIV positive?” has always been the question asked by youths who are HIV positive in Nigeria.  Isolation and stigma; not to mention the challenges of facing on-going health concerns and navigating how and when to disclose ones status are major obstacles youths (of marriageable age) living with HIV/AIDS are facing and this leaves them unmarried until they find someone of the same status for purpose of marriage.

Therefore PLconnect is a COMMUNITY where people living with HIV/AIDS meet and connect to build lasting relationships, psychological and social support systems. As a matter of fact, PLconnect is the No.1 dating site specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

Why is it unique? What is extra from all dating sites?

You can find our uniqueness in the exclusivity of PLconnect. We connect People living with HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to promote concordant relationship which we believe will stem the tide and reduce further spread of the virus. We are not only focused on them finding love, we are building a support system where persons living with HIV/AIDS have access to PL councillors to guild them through the journey.

How does it work?

People living with HIV/AIDS sign up on the platform and provide evidence that they are actually living with the virus. We verify their results then give them access to the features on the website.

How friendly is this dating site?

The Website is easy to understand and use. The UI is properly designed and easy to load.

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Why did you decide to debut it today? Feb 14th?

Today is the day of love. We are leaving no one behind and showing inclusiveness. People living with HIV/AIDS deserve the right to love.

Debuting this site, does it make life easier for the participants? Despite the stigma attached?

Yes, it makes life easier, Users of the platform are assured of their confidentially hence no stigma from the wider range of society. Life is more beautiful with love so they would have easier ways of finding love rather than living in silence and depression.

Is this site exclusive to people affected by the stigma? Or other people can join to find spouses?

There several social network websites devoted for different sets and categories of people. PLconnect is exclusively for people living with HIV/AIDS. We are not just offering a dating website, we are building a community where PLs will have the opportunity to also have relationship choices free of stigma and low self-esteem.  In fact, for someone to have access to all our unique features, we would have verified that such person is indeed living with HIV/AIDS.

Does it allow pictures? Pictures are the selling point of a dating site.


The platform allows pictures but it is exclusive only to verified users. Pictures are important to allow people have mental view of the ideal person they want to meet.

How can I access the website if I am HIV positive and want to take advantage of the site?

The website is www.plconnect.com.ng

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Posted on February 14, 2018

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