Tinder Adds STD-Awareness Page And Sexual Infection Testing Locators
It may sound like a bizarre feature added on a popular dating site but if you're aware of Tinder's backstory, it does make a lot of sense.
Tinder, one of the leading hook-up sites today, developed an interesting add-on that would help their registered users locate the nearest STD testing center in their vicinity in apparent bid to settle the company's beef with AIDS Healthcare Foundation that started last September.
Also, the dating app's STD-awareness page helped Tinder fend off serious attacks from the leading sexual health advocacy group's crusade against unprotected sex and unsafe sexual hook-ups promoted via online dating sites.
The feud started when Tinder went berserk over the foundation's negative ads linking Tinder with sexually transmitted diseases like as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
"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," Tinder's legal adviser's letter said to the group as quoted by Gizmodo.
With Tinder's STD testing center locator and the awareness page, the peace pact seems enforced as the foundation starts tearing down its anti-Tinder billboards. In addition, the issue somehow forced the dating app to become more 'socially responsible'.
"Tinder empowers our users to create relationships. An important aspect of any healthy relationship - whether formed on Tinder or otherwise - is ensuring proper sexual health and safety," its website reads as mentioned in a report by International Business Times.
In their defense, AIDS Healthcare Foundation's seemingly militant stance against the proliferation of dating apps is not without basis. The group made a reference to a government-released report regarding the surge of STD cases in recent times.
"We are unfortunately now waging an uphill battle on this front. The CDC also noted the majority of these infections are affecting young people - the demographic that is on their mobile phones all day long," remarked Whitney Engeran Cordova, a senior director at the foundation as stated in a report by IBN Live.