Tinder, the popular dating app, has added a new feature: information on where to go to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
The new service ends a long-simmering feud between Tinder and The AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Last fall, the foundation put up billboards in New York City and Los Angeles connecting Tinder with chlamydia and gonorrhea. Tinder responded by sending a cease-and-desist letter to the sexual health advocacy group, which refused to remove them. The billboards are coming down now that Tinder has agreed to add STD testing information under “frequently asked questions.”
STD rates continue to rise, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In 2014, increases were seen in all three nationally reported STDs,” according to the CDC report. “The approximately 1.4 million cases of chlamydia represent the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC. Substantial increases were also seen among reported cases of gonorrhea and syphilis. While young people and women are most severely affected by STDs, increasing rates among men contributed to the overall increase in 2014 across all diseases.”
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