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Johannesburg — A new Cape Town-based Web site has been launched to offer social and dating services to HIV-positive South Africans.
The site, the Positive Connection, will offer dating services with free sign up and a paid monthly subscription for those who wish to contact people listed in the directory.
Founder Ben Sassman says he launched the site after hearing how difficult it was for his HIV-positive friends to date.
Citing HIV infection statistics of anywhere between 4.2 million and 6.5 million, Sassman says on the home page that 10% of the site's profits will be given to HIV/AIDS charities.
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The Positive Connection, which was founded by Ben Sassman of Gauteng, has more 267 members.
Sassman, 46, a married father of three boys, is HIV-negative.
He re-registered the site from the original members, who started it in 2003. Now they are all re-registering one by one." The site has become more than a dating platform for people living with HIV and Aids.