The newest STD dating site on this list, having opened in November of 2010, STD Community wants to offer it's members the most bang for their non-buck by offering a completely free dating site, with few (if any) ads. I didn't see any when I visited, but the owner's statement on their About Us page states they may add a Donate button at some point to help with the costs of maintaining the site. This is the only site I encountered that allowed for more than either gay or straight sexual options, and also the only one that didn't offer the option to say you don't have an STD or STI. Great, clean layout and lots of options here (privacy groups, blogs, subscribing to another member's updates, photo albums with varied permissions) make this one of my favorite sites on this list.
HMates offers one of the largest database of members amongst all of the STD dating sites, free or otherwise, with more than 15,000 members listed to date. The layout is cheery and straightforward, and hosts lots of standard features such as chat and advanced search options. Everyone on the site either has HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) or HPV (Human Papillomavirus) or doesn't mind dating someone with either diagnosis. Finding other folks on the site is quite easy, but you'll need to fill out your profile completely before you can contact anyone else.
STD Passions shares a database with many dating sites (such as HIV Passions and Herpes Passions) with the umbrella company being Passions.com. With this in mind, the database of members runs around 35 million people, but most of them don't have any STDs or STI's, so keep that in mind when signing up. In fact, many of the people there may have signed up thinking it was a casual dating site, or may have paid when you didn't have to. That's right - STD Passions is completely free, and has a host of features and benefits for their members to take advantage of. That's great if you don't mind being in a community of folks who may or may not have an STD, but you may not feel comfortable sharing your picture or searching for other members if you aren't sure what their health status is, either. If none of those things bother you, definitely check it out.
Stops With Us shares their mandate better than I ever could: "StopsWithUs.com provides a place where everyone can disclose to every partner every time, without an uncomfortable conversation or a fear of being stigmatized." It's also got a great layout, lots of search options, event listings, hot or not pages, videos and more. My only issue here is that there aren't a lot of folks who have signed up yet, and all of the hot or not pictures and blogs are available for all to see, regardless of whether or not you've signed up. Now, many of the blogs were filled with spam, but I'm sure you get what I'm puttin' down here: the privacy options aren't so hot, so free or not, this doesn't get my top-of-list billing.
A completely free STD dating site that focuses more on the community aspects than the dating side of things. It took me about 3 minutes to sign up, and most of the questions you have to answer before gaining access - no "I'll tell you later's" allowed, including your height, weight and education level. Then you'll need to confirm your email address, and wait for the moderators to approve your profile before you gain full access to the site. Not a lot of folks here however; when I searched, I only found 49 people listed in my province and none at all in my city.
I'm not a fan of dating sites that ask for my first name, or ones where I can't peruse anything at all without having signed up, first. With this in mind, Web Connections wasn't on my good side when I signed up, no matter how pretty their main page looked or enticed me to join. As well, I had no idea it was an STD dating site until after I joined, and even then I had to look around during the profile creation phase to see that having an STD was an option to click on later on in the list. A few spelling mistakes in the profile section also got me grumbling, but I still persisted. I didn't flinch when I had to fill out a section of my profile that wasn't expressly stated I had to either, but I wasn't happy by the time I had to say what pet(s) I liked (what if I don't?). Okay, I thought, I can't wait to see who is on this site! And then, finally, I could. But wouldn't you know it, I couldn't search by location. Only age and type of STD.
I won't share what came out of my mouth at that point, but because of all of these oversights and frustrations, Web Connections is at the bottom of this free STD dating site list.