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Give herpes a chance

It seems these days smoking is considered a bigger turn off than even sexual transmitted diseases.

A matchmaking service from Winnipeg has added a division to its company to find dates for Herpes sufferers – but the firm no longer admits smokers.

‘As of a year ago, we stopped accepting clients who smoke, because time after time when we were attempting to match (them), their files would be rejected,’ said Lianne Tregobov of Camelot Introductions.

‘I turn away potential business every single day, but ethically, if I know that it's going to be very difficult to match them, I just can't accept them.’

Tregobov explored the herpes angle after a number of requests from clients.

‘We don't necessarily match two people with herpes together, we match based on compatibility and based on acceptance,’ she said. ‘Every single person is asked are you open to it? Yes or no.’

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, more of us are open to genital herpes than we realise - it estimates that 1 in 6 Americans aged 14-49 have the condition, news that may put a dampener on Brits’ holiday plans.

One Camelot client, known only as Jill, has suffered for 20 years with the condition, and is relieved that people are becoming more open minded.

She said: ‘We're not lepers, its not AIDs,... it's just a rash. It's no more different than having a cold sore on your face.’

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