Bay Area Friends (BAF) has over 2000 members on our Yahoo Group and @ 1000 members on our Meetup Group. The Bay Area Friends Meetup Group is more active. Membership is totally free and new people join every day. Bay Area Friends has numerous social events and activities every month – and these are only visible if you join our Yahoo Group or our Meetup Group. Our message boards are very active and contain additional info on such things as local doctors knowledgeable about HSV, event descriptions, local social event reminders, member profiles, and links to important medical and other information.
BAF members are ALL AGES between 18-80, any gender, any ethnic background, any religion, any political beliefs, any economic background, any sexual preference, singles and couples. About 50% of our members are between the ages of 30-50, with 25% under 30 and 25% over 50.
When requesting to join the BAF Yahoo or the BAF Meetup Group, please make sure to mention that you have HSV or herpes so that we know you are in the right place! Believe it or not, some people don’t read our group description carefully and don’t realize that we are not simply a social group, but that we are a social group specifically for people with genital herpes. So be sure to tell us why you are “qualified” to join!
To get a sense of the types of people who belong to BAF and how well we get along with each other, please join the Bay Area Friends Yahoo Group.
To join, just go to: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/bayareafriendsSF/ and click on “Join This Group”. When you request to join, please make sure to say that you have HSV or herpes so we know you are in the right place!
Bay Area Friends also has a Meetup Group. Meetup offers some improved functionality when organizing events and many of our members prefer this service over Yahoo. Join both! Our BAF Meetup Group is at:
Message Board Tips & Privacy:
- For your privacy, we recommend that you create a new free email account with Yahoo or Gmail or another service and use a different or anonymous name for your email address. Then join Bay Area Friends using your new email address. This way, you can keep your “H” correspondence separate from your regular personal or work email accounts. If your new email address is very different from your other personal or work email addresses, then nobody will know it’s you even if they “google” it. For privacy purposes, this is the way to go.
- Please note that our Message Boards are mostly for discussing BAF social events or asking or answering questions about Herpes or dating or other topics of mutual interest. The boards should not be used for personal ads, using explicit language, flaming someone, or for making comments about politics, race or religion.
- When selecting your Yahoo Group Message Preferences, we recommend selecting “Daily Digest” if you would prefer to get a daily summary of all messages instead of individual messages. Alternatively, some people select the “Special Notices” option and simply go to our Yahoo Group regularly to read the messages. You can change your preferences by going to “Edit Membership” in the upper right hand corner of our Yahoo Group Home Page.
- In addition to the Message Boards, our Yahoo Group also contains useful information and links in the left hand column of our Home Page. We encourage you to check these out!