“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,” it read, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The response was perhaps not unsurprising — when Tinder was blamed for precipitating a “dating apocalypse” in a much-read, much-disputed Vanity Fair article earlier this month, the billion-dollar company lashed out on Twitter, firing off missive after 140-character missive in a highly public freak-out about the piece.
Two pairs of people are silhouetted against a bright background, their foreheads inclined toward one another, their noses nearly touching. The organization, which has also lobbied for stricter regulation of the adult film industry and, controversially, against a new preventative HIV drug called Pr EP, says that the quick and casual encounters made possible by dating apps are a “digital bathhouse for millennials, wherein the next sexual encounter can literally just be a few feet away — as well as the next STD.” Over at Tinder, people were not pleased.
Two of the faces bear the names of popular dating apps. Tinder user, meet chlamydia, the billboard implies. The dating app sent a cease and desist letter to AHF, the foundation said Monday, demanding an end to the campaign.
To defend its position, the AHF cited arguments people have been making about apps like Tinder more and more: a Rhode Island Department of Health report that attributed a rise in STD cases to social media’s ability to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters,” a Los Angeles study that argued that the “sex on demand” enabled by dating apps has made gay men more vulnerable to gonorrhea and chlamydia and, of course, Vanity Fair’s “dating apocalypse” story.
For many, finding out they have an STD means the end of their dating life.
If you are one to be candid with people, you'll want to blurt it out. There are some things you should reveal about yourself right away -- for example, that you're married, or that you're just in town for the week -- but some things are better left for the appropriate moment.
Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? There's no reason to stop looking for love and fun.But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said it would not be backing down.The debate over the billboards might be new, but it’s being fought over familiar ground.Every site is a great choice for herpes dating, although obviously some will be better than others.This site calls itself the largest STD dating site in the world.