Over the past few weeks, you may have heard news reports that STD infections are at a record high. There are of course, plenty of reasons for this, but many people are citing dating apps to be the main cause.
Anyone who's used a dating app knows what usually goes down. You swipe right and left until your fingers go numb, you hit up that cute person you matched with, make plans to go on a date, and 8 hours later you wake up in their bed. There's really no shame in it, it's human nature.
What is shameful though, is hooking up with someone in an unsafe way - whether that be not using protection, not getting consent, or not getting tested for STD's regularly. And unfortunately, it seems as though there are a lot of people on dating apps who get away with this kind of behaviour.
Because of the STD epidemic, apps like Grindr and others have taken a call to action. They're beginning researching a way to effectively allow users of the app to inform their partner(s) that they have an STD. A rep from Grindr has said:
"We are exploring several additional sexual health-related features for our application. However, at this time, we are not disclosing any further details around this project."
Other dating apps working to fight the STD epidemic include Adam4Adam and Daddyhunt. While these apps are primarily targeted at the LGBTQ+ community, this is still an incredibly important step in the fight against the spread of STD's.
With this movement, one can hope that other dating apps like Tinder and Bumble can follow suit so that both the straight and LGBTQ+ communities can be safer when it comes to hooking up.