"If it's the 30th day of the month, you're thinking, 'I've got one more day to find someone or it's another .'" Date Able, which was founded in 1987 by a Washington, D.
C., doctor who wanted to give her patients a way to combat the isolation that accompanied their physical disabilities, charges a 5 initiation fee for the first year and every year thereafter.
Both sites require members to disclose their illnesses upfront, clearing the air for what might be a deal-breaking revelation later.
Within her first week on Positive Singles, she went on three dates and has since gone on seven more, which fostered one romantic relationship and a friendship over the past two years. Health.com: How to tell your partner a health secret "I don't think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site," says Lana.
Ricky Durham founded Prescription 4 Love in 2006, inspired by his late brother Keith, who lived with Crohn's disease for 15 years before passing away in 2004. Though he doesn't find it appropriate to be a member of a community he founded, he says he can empathize with his members.
"He was a good-looking boy, and he could find dates, but when do you tell someone you have a colostomy bag? "It's nice to find someone who's going through what you're going through," he says.
Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldn't [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says.