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Are Dating Apps the Reason Behind Increase in STD Cases in the World?

by Josh

AHF STD billboard Tinder GrindrThe AIDS healthcare foundation (AHF) recently started a campaign in Los Angeles accusing dating apps for being the root cause behind the increase in the number of STD cases across the globe.

AHF raged a direct attack on hookup apps Tinder and Grindr. One billboard was placed near Tinder’s West Hollywood, which was accompanied by people that were reportedly not happy with the current scenario that has been brought about by these dating services.

While the President of AHF made it clear that they were not against these hookup services, they did observe a rise in the overall number of STD cases all over the world. “We’re just saying, you know, use it responsibly, and if you are having hookups with a lot of people, then it’s a good idea to get tested for STDs,” said Micheal Weinstein, President of AHF.

In response to the protests carried out by AHF, Tinder accused them of damaging the company’s image through false claims and unproven studies. It is worth noting that there has been no survey conducted that links the growth and popularity of dating apps with the rise in number of STD cases in the world.

Is this part of blame game?

A lot of STD experts from all over the world claim that accusing dating services for the spread of AIDS only shows how ineffective these organizations have proven to be in making people aware of the dangers of practicing unprotected sex. Moreover, there has been no concrete study that establishes a direct connection between the rise in the number of STD cases and hookup services.

The Reality

Dating apps are certainly not the reason for people being affected with sexually transmitted infections. However, we do agree that these apps do make it easier for people to connect with others that are looking for something in common. It is a person’s responsibility to stay safe and avoid being involved with multiple partners. It is worth mentioning that STIs are spread through unprotected sex and not because of the growing popularity of such platforms.

On the contrary, people have praised dating platforms such as PositiveSingles.com for creating a stage with people having a sexually transmitted disease can seek support and find an ideal match. AHF’s version is completely different from what these services intend to do. Rather than blaming dating apps for this, it would be better if these organizations emphasize on the fact that the spread of STIs can be controlled only by increasing awareness about it.