Has the popularity of dating apps such as Tindr and Grindr lead to the spread of STDs? A recent billboard campaign run by the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) suggests that the dating apps could be at fault. And the founders of the apps are not happy at all.
According to an article in the Guardian, AHF has suggested that users of dating apps Tinder and Grindr should get tested more regularly for sexually transmitted diseases and blames the popularity of such apps for a ‘surge in sexuallly transmitted diseases,’ like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
In response to the billboard ads, which has the words Tinder and Grindr written across the sihoetted faces of a man and a woman, Tinder sent a letter to the foundation demanding it remove all Tinder references from the adverts and that it cease making “false and disparaging statements against Tinder”; according to the AHF, Grindr halted the foundation’s paid advertising for its free STD testing services on their site also.
“They’re tone deaf,” Michael Weinstein, president of AHF, told the Guardian. “It would have been much wiser for them to say that they’re concerned about their customers and look forward to working with us to help people get the checkups that they need. This would not have been the global story that it has become if they had not responded that way.”
In an emailed statement, a Grindr spokesperson said that they have “always been concerned with the issues of men’s health” and with keeping “users informed and aware of health issues. We were surprised at the approach the AHF took, and paused the campaign in order to speak with them and assess our relationship. In the end, we’re all on the same page regarding this issue, as health and wellness concerns us all.”
story source: The Guardian
photo credit: The Guardian