Tinder Demands Removal of L.A. Billboards That Link Dating App to STD Testing

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Tinder has sent a cease and desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation after a billboard went up in Los Angeles last week that draws a link between dating apps and a growing rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

This billboard from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, posted near the West Hollywood headquarters of Tinder, is shown Sept. 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

This billboard from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, posted near the West Hollywood headquarters of Tinder, is shown Sept. 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The foundation said the billboard’s purpose is to raise awareness about the increasing STD rate and to encourage dating-app users to get regular screenings or a “free STD check.” The billboard features silhouettes of people and the words “Tinder, Chlamydia, Grindr, Gonorrhea.”

“In many ways, location-based mobile dating apps are becoming a digital bathhouse for millennials wherein the next sexual encounter can literally just be a few feet away—as well as the next STD,” Whitney Engeran-Cordova, the foundation’s public health division director, said in a statement.

“While these sexual encounters are often intentionally brief or even anonymous, sexually transmitted diseases can have lasting effects on an individual’s personal health and can certainly create epidemics in communities at large,” the statement continued.

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