HMates was closed on July 1st 2017 due to the retirement of the owner.
When looking for an STD dating site, you want one that is sensitive to your needs, values you as a member, protects your privacy and gives you features that quickly help you connect and get to know other members. In this review, you will learn why HMates can provide all of that and more. HMates.com was created by people who are living with Herpes, and it is very focused on making sure that people are safe, secure, and comfortable on the site. Spammers, haters, and people who are not serious about finding someone are instantly removed, leaving only the best of the best behind. Whether you are looking for a friend or someone to spend the rest of your life with, HMates.com is one of the best herpes dating sites to check out.
Sign Up Process
To see anything on HMates, you need to register. You have to enter a valid email address and click on the confirmation link in the email the site sends you. Then fill in the basics, such as desired username and password, where you live, your gender, your age, and what gender you are looking to meet.
You are then taken to a more detailed page where you can fill in your appearance, values, lifestyle, interests and more; this is mandatory to fill in, which may be annoying for some people. But we feel this is an important aspect of any dating site as it allows you to get clear on who you are so other people know upfront if they are interested in you or not. Also, because this is a herpes dating site, selecting the type of herpes you have will help other people get to know you better too.
If you don’t want to upload a photo, that’s ok; however, if you don’t, you cannot view all other member’s photos. The photo has to be a close-up head shot, so get ready to put your best face forward!
Before you can start actively using HMates, you will need to wait for approval of your profile, and this can take up to 24 hours.
HMates.com is free to join. However, you can donate some money to get more features unlocked.
They use the term donate, but as far as we are concerned, it is a membership price that gives you full access to all the features for a particular amount of time. When you donate, you get an icon on your profile that shows you donated, and you get your profile highlighted in the search results.
The donation prices are as follows:
- $10 for one month of access
- $25 for three months of access
- $40 for six months of access
- $60 for one year of access
- $100 for 60 months of access
Note: All prices are in USD. Also, if you pay with PayPal, you will need to cancel the subscription inside of PayPal to avoid being charged after the allotted term runs out. Canceling your account will not cancel the subscription in PayPal.
Members who donate can:
- Use video, audio, and text chat
- Get a mobile app for chat
- Use the messaging system without restrictions
- See and read all message indicators
- Check out members anonymously
Members who do not donate are limited to sending ten emails per day, but can reply to all emails that have been sent by members who have donated.
The fact that you can audibly and visually chat is essential to a herpes dating site. While text chatting back-and-forth is ok, it is much better to chat through audio or video. Thanks to voice tones and body language, you will have an easier time getting a sense of how serious another member is, and whether or not you want to get to know them better.
If you don’t like a member, then one of the other features on HMates is the ability to block people. You can manage and view all of your blocked members easily in your profile to ensure that you are keeping out unwanted members.
Also, it gives you the ability to group chat, and this is a unique feature for a dating site. Group chat is perfect if you are looking to make friends who are living with the same condition you are, and can support you or relate to you in a way that other people just can’t do. The feature makes HMates more than just a dating site and elevates it into a place where you can meet like-minded people to be social with.
You can also:
- Quickly view and manage all members you have contacted or have been approached by
- Send winks to let people know that you are interested in getting to know them further
- Enable matchfinder search, which automatically notifies you of members who join fitting your desired criteria
- See who is online
- Translate conversations into your native language
- Translate the page into your native language
- Download a mobile chat app
- Set your privacy settings for chat, search, photo, and more
- Easily cancel your membership at any time
Safety and Privacy
One of the best features of HMates is that they take their member’s privacy very seriously. You can’t access other member’s profiles until they verify your profile as being valid. And you can’t see other member’s profile pictures unless you upload one, and this ensures that they are not allowing trolls or unwanted people on their site, and you are only going to have access to real people looking for real relationships.
Besides, anyone who his caught sending inappropriate messages is instantly banned, which helps keep the spammers and users out of the site. The staff has a keen eye for who is using the site for their gain rather than as a dating site, and they are not hesitant to ban people who are clearly using HMates inappropriately.
It is important to note that HMates.com doesn’t do background checks on its members. As with any dating site, using safe online dating measures, such as not giving out personal information or meeting someone in a secluded area, is imperative.
Which STD Singles Does HMates Cater To?
HMates.com is geared towards people with Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), as well as anyone who is understanding or wanting to meet H positive singles.
You can search for members based on gender, age, and location. If you would rather sort members by profile pictures, then you can go into the gallery and view all members with photos on their profile and search by gender, condition, age, and location there. Remember, you must have a photo uploaded to see other member’s profiles with a photo.
As of the HMates review, they have over 21 thousand members at this time, and they are growing quickly. According to Alexa, most of their visitors come from the United States, which is really good news if you are looking for a herpes dating site that caters to people in the US. However, HMates.com accepts members from all over the world, so don’t avoid signing up because you never know who may sign up in your area.
By clicking on the ‘help’ link in the top menu, you will find that there are some detailed help guides, including how to use chat and email; however, if you need a help of any kind, you can easily get a hold of the staff. They have a suggestion box as well as a contact email if you have any questions that the help center can’t answer.
As you can see from this review, HMates.com is an affordable herpes dating site worth checking out. It offers all the features you need to find the person or people you want to meet. Besides, HMates is very strict about keeping unwanted spammers out and real people in.
HMates.com - Reviewed by Editor - Overall Rating: 2.4 out of 5