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Tinder Launches Health Section In Response To Charges Of Stoking STDs

Update Date: Jan 25, 2016 09:41 AM EST

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) stirred a controversy by suggesting that dating apps like Tinder might spread sexually transmitted diseases.

In answer to the charge, Tinder, the popular dating platform, added a health section with a novel reader service section that gave some guidelines related to the nearest HIV and STD clinics, says The New York Daily News.

Called "Health Safety" in the app, the dating app features Tinder's STD testing locator that permits users to compare clinics, doctors, and online providers, while it also gives a link to Healthvana, permitting users to get some online health test results online.

The section also advises users to use contraceptives and asks potential sexual partners about the last time they got checked or the sexual partners they have had before they got into any kind of sexual activity.

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.

Popular dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr are said to be among the reasons for the increase in STD cases all over the world. Their popularity has made the discussion of sex casual, leading to easy "indiscriminate sexual activity".

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