STDs are now more common than ever, since many people still do not perform safe sex. This is why the biggest dating app for gay men, Grindr, has decided to take some measures and encourage people to get protected. HIV is one of the most common diseases among homosexual men, so the app decided to remind its users regularly to get tested against the disease.
Grindr will start encouraging regular HIV checks
Although their health is at stake, many people often forget or ignore the importance of getting regular health checkups. Grindr rolled a trial version of the app in Pennsylvania, and managed to find out that 46 percent of its users from the region hadn’t received any HIV tests in over a year. This is why its creators decided to do something about it.
Now, the app will start sending notifications to its US users once every three or six months, and remind them to get tested. Then, they will receive recommendations of clinics where it’s safe to do it without being judged, as well as other facilities that welcome LGBT people. However, these reminders will be available only for those who agree to it beforehand.
Although HIV infections have dropped, some people are still affected
Now, Grindr wants to expand this network of notifications to all countries where people use the app. However, it might not be so easy. There are countries where being gay is illegal, so improving the app in these regions and finding clinics where people can get HIV tests is a real challenge.
The idea of these health test reminders came after Grinder introduced a new section on people’s profiles. In this section, people can share if they are HIV positive or negative, as well as the last time when they got a checkup. Sexual tests are a must for everyone, but some gay men might refrain from getting them.
Statistics show the number of HIV infections among gay men have significantly dropped over the past few years. However, there are certain groups where infections are on the rise, such as Latino men, or men aged between 25 and 34.
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