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Grindr Will Offer Users an Option to Declare HIV Status

Wed, Nov 09, 2016   By Staff    1 Comment

Grindr, the popular gay hookup app, will add options for users to note their HIV status in their profiles.

grindrA post on The Body, a website about HIV for gay men, quotes Grindr’s Jack Harrison-Quintana as saying the app hope to “create an open dialogue among our users about sexual health. Honesty, compassion, and education lay the foundation to make Grindr an even safer space for guys to connect, and we can all contribute to getting there.”

“Users won’t be able to filter who they see in the app based on HIV status,” Harrison-Quintana said. “Filling out the HIV status field is entirely optional.”

The options, not visible as of publication, include:

— HIV-positive.
— HIV-positive, Undetectable.
— HIV-negative.
— HIV-negative, On PrEP.

Harrison-Quintana said the options would help HIV positive men seeking other HIV positive men. Like other competing apps such as Scruff, Grindr currently has “tribes” in which its users can classify themselves. One of those tribes is “Poz.”

Grindr, which is headquartered in West Hollywood, recently took steps to bar explicit profiles offering the sale of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine. Its competitors already had taken steps to do that. Grindr acted after a story on WEHOville called out its use as a platform for selling meth to gay men.

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One Comment

  1. weho residentWed, Nov 09, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    The more we keep status a secret, the more ashamed of being HIV Positive we seem and we promote the notion that HIV is something to be ashamed of. The more we treat it like what it is in ourselves and our belief system – a disease, and just be who we are, the less it can be something that others use to shame us. Environments like grindr are a great place to be open and honest about one’s status. If anyone has decided that dating someone who is HIV Positive is not for them – that is their right. Having been HIV positive a long time and having an ever increasing part of my life spent dealing with my disease, if I were negative and I knew that later in life so much of my partner’s time – and my time as a good partner would not be spent enjoying our golden years, I would probably prefer to date someone not facing those problems. That is me – I have never felt stigmatized when someone has not wanted to connect because of our serodiscordance. There is great power in not keeping one’s status a secret.

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