Prescription4Love.com – is this a dangerous idea?

Posted by Hayden Allen-Vercoe on Tue 18th July 2006 at 02:50 PM, Filed in Niche Dating

I stumbled across this site earlier and felt it needed to be in my ‘niche dating’ section because it really is quite unique in terms of the visitors it is looking to attract.

It is a site set up in the States specialising in attracting people with Cancer, Diabetes, IBS, Obesity, Deafness, Allergies, Hepatitis, Infertility/Impotence, and STDs.  My first thought and concern with it was that you can’t categorise people with cancer and impotence!  Two very different but still nasty things to happen to someone. Have people looking to make a buck out of the online dating revolution gone too far this time?

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The good side of the site is that it pairs people who have experienced similarly nasty things in their life and therefore provides them with a sense that they are not alone and there are other people out there with the same problems looking for a mate.  The site is also free for a limited time so as to build its customer base, and once it has achieved a certain number members will be asked to pay a low monthly fee which will then be given to each charity for each condition.

According to Ricky Durham the President of Prescription4Love.com, “Finding others with similar circumstances is a natural desire for everyone. Honesty is important, but finding an opportunity to mention such subjects can be difficult. By using Prescription4Love.com, you can be honest in advance and progress to the next stages of friendships and relationships.” 

Do you think it will take off?

 

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READER COMMENTS:

I must admit that it seems pretty strange to mix disabilities with STDs. Its wrong to put all these people under the umberlla of disability. Good idea though for people with same issues to get together.

Posted by Sarah H  on Fri 21st July 2006 at 06:43 AM | #

Hello Everyone, From Prescription4Love

Below is my press release.
Followed by a letter explaining why this website was developed.

Prescription4Love.Com is an online dating service specializing in special health conditions, Cancer, Diabetes, IBS, Obesity, Deafness, Allergies, Hepatitis, Infertility/Impotence, etc., including STD conditions. These days, many people are seeking others online and consequently, specialized alternative dating services have emerged. Dating with an STD can be awkward, especially when it comes time to divulge your situation, so an online service such as Prescription4Love.com is there to help. According to Ricky Durham the President of Prescription4Love.com, “Finding others with similar circumstances is a natural desire for everyone. Honesty is important, but finding an opportunity to mention such subjects can be difficult. By using Prescription4Love.com, you can be honest in advance and progress to the next stages of friendships and relationships.” Prescription4Love.com plans to be a free service for a limited time to build its customer base. At that time, new users will be offered a low monthly fee, a portion of which will be given to a charity for each condition.

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This website was thought up several years ago because my brother had Crohns Disease (under IBS). At times he could weigh between 75 lb. to 125 lb. He also had a Colostomy Bag. It was hard for him to disclose his disease to anyone. But it was really hard for him to tell someone he had a colostomy bag, when do you tell someone that you want to date that you have a colostomy bag….. the first time you meet, the first date, the second? So I thought if he met someone at a website where everyone had the same condition there would be nothing to disclose.

He passed away July 15, 2004,(http://www.mem.com/display/biography.asp?ID=517377) back then the website was in the developmental stage but he liked the idea.

As we were developing the website it came to my attention the different people around me who had different conditions that might want to use my website for friendship or love. We put in 11 conditions to start, thinking we could add more later. Some of the conditions were added just because I knew someone who had that condition, and maybe their diet led me to add them. Another friend was deaf and suggested that also should be added to the website.

Its just an idea thought up for people who had certain conditions to better their lives through friendship or love.

Ricky Durham

Posted by Ricky Durham  on Mon 31st July 2006 at 06:25 PM | #

Thanks Ricky. It’s interesting/useful to hear your side of the debate. You make a strong and cogent case for prescription4love.com

We wish you every success in the future.

Peter Brady
CEO Orbital Media Network

Posted by Peter Brady  on Mon 31st July 2006 at 06:44 PM | #

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