A couple of years ago, dating was extremely stressful for HIV singles. However, the relatively recent expansion of niche dating sites has allowed them to find love as easily as anyone else. So, if you too are willing to give this modern matchmaking a chance, you need to keep in mind that there are rules of online dating etiquette that you need to follow every step of the way.
Give others time to respond
Keep in mind that not all people sit in front of a computer 24/7, replying to messages from inbox. Maybe the person you’ve contacted went on a vacation or has a lot of obligations at the moment. The worst thing you can do is send something like ‘You could’ve just said you are not interested’ before giving them time to answer. Even if they don’t respond at all, don’t sweat about it. There are so many people online, wasting time on one that doesn’t seem that interested in you is not the greatest idea.
Don’t play hard to get
If someone you like contacts you, be sure to respond them in the next 24 hours. Keep in mind that the 3 days rule doesn’t apply here so don’t play hard to get. After 24 hours, it’s assumed you won’t reply due to lack of interest or inactivity on the web.
Find them on Facebook before you meet in person
Let your inner Sherlock Holmes take charge and find your date’s Facebook or Instagram page. This way not only will you confirm they really exist, but you will also see whether they lied about something on their profile, like having kids. This is a simple yet great way to weed out jerks who are not worthy of your time.
Wait to give out your phone number
You really shouldn’t share your personal info with strangers from the web. If you are interested in someone, set up a date in a public place and get to know them in person.
Don’t lead someone on
If you are sure that this person doesn’t interest you, you can always tell them that you would prefer to keep your relationship online. Forget about being polite and not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, you need to put yourself and your time first.