What are your thoughts on dating someone who has your disease? In another article Psoriasis and Relationships: Dating, Marriage, Kids, and Genetics, I discussed my thoughts on dating someone else with psoriasis and the probability of our kids having the disease. There are pros and cons to dating someone with your condition. While you will have someone who is most definitely more understanding and can relate to what you are going through, you do put your future children at risk, and health care is guaranteed to be more expensive.
Although everyone’s thoughts on the issue is different, there are a few sites that are solely dedicated to those with chronic conditions, including psoriasis:
Do you need a Prescription 4 Love?
The dating site Prescription 4 Love has over 30 different diseases they feature on the website, including skin diseases. According to the website’s mission page, the creator Ricky Durham started the website in honor of his brother who had Crohn's Disease, an inflammatory disease that affects the intestines. It will cost you about $9.95 a month which is about the same cost of other popular dating sites such as Tinder or Plenty of Fish. But don’t let the cost deter you. There are still a lot of features that will allow you to interact with users for free.
I recently signed up for a site called Psoriasis Singles, just to see what it was all about. Unfortunately there are only 4 potential suitors in Atlanta, so hopefully your luck is a bit better than mine. The creator started the website after dealing with the physical and emotional toll from psoriasis herself. Her goal was to create a comfortable place for those with psoriasis to have the option to choose someone who would understand and could relate to their struggle. It’s designed similar to your typical dating site: You can review profiles, send flirty smiles, and private messages. I think at this point due to site being so new, there aren’t many options. However, I can definitely see it increasing in a few months to a few years. For now the website is free.
It’s not too late for DermaDate
The DermaDate dating website is dedicated to anyone dealing with any type of skin condition including diseases, burns, and birthmarks. While the process to sign up for this website isn’t long, it did ask more questions than the other sites I reviewed for chronic diseases. Some of the more interested questions included what is your condition, how long have you had it, and where is it located. So I signed up for this site, but have yet to receive an activation link, hopefully it will come soon. Despite the slow start, the site looks promising. The site is not free, but without access to a profile on the site it’s unclear of the cost.
If none of those sites interest you traditional sites such as Plenty of Fish have forums where people discuss topics such as disease. You may also want to try Talkpsoriasis.org, while it’s not a dating site, it’s a pressure-free zone to meet others with psoriasis.
In the meantime, take a look at these other articles that offer advice when dating with psoriasis:
Intimacy and Sex with Chronic Disease
Dating with Psoriasis
Or listen to other inspiring stories about how to live well with psoriais.