In response to a widespread, controversial campaign by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) which has suggested that dating apps like Tinder are associated with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the popular dating platform has added a health section to its app. The new reader service section offers directions to the closest HIV and STD clinics in their area, according to The New York Daily News.
The new health section, dubbed "Health Safety" in the app, features Tinder's dedicated STD testing locator, which allows users to compare clinics, doctors, and even online providers. It even includes a link to Healthvana, which allows users to receive health test results online.
The section also encourages users to utilize contraceptives such as condoms to reduce the chances of getting diseases through sexual contact. It also encourages the practice of asking potential sexual partners about when they were last checked or how many sexual partners they have had in the past before engaging in any form of sexual activity, reports The Daily Mail.
Tinder and other popular dating apps such as Grindr have been pointed out as one of the key factors in the widespread increase in STD cases worldwide. Due to the popularity of the app and the casual manner in which discusses sex, engaging in indiscriminate sexual activity has never been easier.
Whitney Engeran-Cordova, a senior director at AHF, was optimistic about Tinder's new health section, according to The Daily Express.
"It is such welcome news that Tinder will add a Health Safety section with a link to Healthvana, making it easier for people to find testing locations through an easily accessible, modern platform. And we hope to see other dating sites do the same," she said.
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