Two of the faces bear the names of popular dating apps. Tinder user, meet chlamydia, the billboard implies. The dating app sent a cease and desist letter to AHF, the foundation said Monday, demanding an end to the campaign.“These unprovoked and wholly unsubstantiated accusations are made to irreparably damage Tinder’s reputation in an attempt to encourage others to take an HIV test by your organization,” it read, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Other factors — especially Utah’s abstinence-based sex education — make it difficult to educate and protect people from diseases, she said.
In Colorado, public health officials recently announced that they have seen a more than 50 percent increase in syphilis cases this year, nearly entirely in men.
Meanwhile, Grindr, an app aimed at gay men, told the L. Times it has dropped the foundation’s paid ads for STD testing from its site and is “assessing our relationship” with the organization.
But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said it would not be backing down.
“They ask men, ‘where do you think that you met your partner?
’ and about 50 percent say they met them through an internet app — Grindr, SCRUFF, Craigslist,” Sarah Rowan, Interim Director of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Prevention with Denver Public Health, told Colorado Public Radio.And you can also meet people with HPV, HIV/AIDS or any other STDs.As you can know, this is comprehensive positive singles online dating community.“Tinder is in a unique position to promote a message that, while sexual encounters can be fun and exciting, they are potentially risky,” wrote Laura Boudreau, the foundation’s chief counsel for operations.But Grindr argued that it’s already doing just that. “As one of the world’s largest gay platforms, we take this issue very seriously,” Grindr told the Times.“This technology coming into play aggregates the demand and supply of willing participants, so the spread will be more prevalent,” co-author Jason Chan told Vice News, “Now we have apps on our mobile phones instead of a website so the access becomes that much easier.