Michael also provides his clients with free condoms and booklets about HIV, and teaches them about safe sex.For people seeking medical advice, he refers them to a doctor.Beyond setting up dates, Michael also ensures that every person he works with is registered with a specific hospital and that they are regularly taking their antiretroviral drugs.“I cannot match-make anyone who is not on drugs - it is a lot of risk,” Michael said, sitting in his office in front of a decorative wall hanging that reads: ‘May hope encourage you’.Although based in Abuja, a photo of his advert posted on Facebook means people stretching from Rivers state in the south to the Borno in the northeast have signed up looking for love.Flicking through several folders, Michael explains how he has a separate file for clients who have started seeing each other, another for those who have graduated to a serious relationship, and a different one for those who have married.
It's off the charts, and there is a great deal of shame associated with being diagnosed with one of these diseases."To find a match on STD dating website Positive Singles.com, a user enters typical dating site information: gender, age, location -- and what infection they have.
ABUJA, August 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting in his dimly-lit office in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, surrounded by files and boxes of condoms, matchmaker Ugochukwu Michael talks passionately about the part he has played in the marriages of around 100 couples in recent years.
While the popularity of dating apps and websites may make Michael’s efforts to play Cupid seem old-fashioned, his matchmaking service stands out from the rest. “Sometimes, I spend days without sleeping,” he said, his phone ringing non-stop as he explained how most calls come in the middle of the night when it is cheaper to call.
The site also includes people with HPV, the human papillomavirus."A lot of my clients are looking for relationships and they are on dating websites like e Harmony and Match, but then the question is, 'When do I tell him or her that I have herpes?
If I tell them right away, that person is going to go away.