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The Stigma Of Mental Illness People with physical disabilities aren't the only ones who face stigma while dating.Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldn't [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says."Most of us with this don't wish to spread it." Despite -- or perhaps because of -- the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. More from Health.com: Dating Tips For People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease How To Tell A New Partner A Health Secret 10 Tips For Dating With Depression While sites like and e Harmony don't discriminate, they also don't cater to people like Lana who are coping with sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities, or mental health conditions."People with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, are typically behind the eight ball because they haven't had the practice of dating in college or their young adult life," says Watson."Many of them never had the puppy love, been broken up with, experienced the fights, or the good stuff." To make up for this lost time, his best bit of advice is to be totally honest.