Grindr hooks up with HIV Foundation for safer sex
Feb14

Grindr hooks up with HIV Foundation for safer sex

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 13 February 2014 16:19 Written by // Andrew Shaw

BRISBANE: HIV Foundation Queensland and male dating app Grindr are hooking up to spread the message about safe sex among Grindr users.

Launching today, National Condom Day, Grindr will be asking its members to vote for their favourite term to promote safe sex on their profile. This allows members to find others who prefer to ‘wrap it before they tap it’.

HIV Foundation chair Dr Darren Russell said the partnership was an exciting milestone in the foundation’s bid to reduce HIV transmission in Queensland.

“We are determined to help drive the rate of new HIV infections down and education and prevention is paramount to achieving this,” Russell said.

Russell said there had been an increase in the proportion of men with casual partners who reported unprotected anal intercourse.

“More needs to be done to stop HIV transmission. We’d like to see a greater uptake of condom usage between casual partners as well as regular HIV testing.”

Grindr CEO and founder Joel Simkhai said he was pleased to partner with the HIV Foundation Queensland to promote HIV awareness.

”We are pleased to be a resource for the community so they can be educated and stay protected,” Simkhai said.

“Grindr encourages our users to engage in safe sex practices, get tested and know their HIV status and help lower transmission rates. We want Grindr members to be able to also share that they prefer their sexual encounters to be safe.”

Research shows this generation of internet users are more comfortable with sharing their personal information, including their GPS location.

The survey of Grindr members launches today and will run for one week.

endhiv.qld.gov.au

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Andrew Shaw

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Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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