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Anonymous STD Alerts

To prevent the spread of STDs, it would be great to have an option to anonymously notify Grindr hookups of changes in STD status. It could be as simple as an anonymous message saying that “Someone you have hooked up with in the past 3 months has tested positive for ___ (give a drop down box of choices).” Followed by a remind to get tested.

It is often uncomfortable or impossible to disclose a change in STD status. Therefore, this option would allow users to do it in away that makes them feel more comfortable.

The option should allow you to select the recipients of the message, including those profiles you have previously blocked. (We have all had a hookup that wasn’t so great and so we blocked them afterwards, thus preventing them/us from messaging each other.)

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      • Stuart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a ridiculous suggestion - It’s down to an individual to look after their own ****** health.

      • Fernando commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't like... so are you supposed to click a box on the profile after you mess around and then they get pushed to a folder "Have had *** with" and then in that case, what if someone has only been with one person from Gindr.... will very easily be able to identify who sent the alert...

      • CD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems to me that guys know how daring they get during ****** encounters and in turn should know the obvious risks. You catch something, tell someone, get tested (or not), and go right back to risky behaviors....

      • JJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is absolutely sick. The Idea of denunce other men for having a STD is disgusting. Everybody who Support this should think about the consequences and what could go wriong with this. We never learn from History...

      • Julius Mays commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well, that wasn't on anyone but yourself. I have yet to catch an STD from anyone and I'm on Grindr hooking up all the time.

      • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a great idea. Grindr is a very closed community where STDS are growing in numbers. I never caught an STD until hooking up in Grindr. Some users are spreading these around because they refuse to get tested.

      • Julius Mays commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have to say I don’t agree with this. It should be the responsibility of the infected party to tell those people that they have had a change in status. If the other person is promiscuous, then simply telling them one person was infected won’t help. Also, you being embarrassed about it is understandable but hiding behind a curtain (or app) is only gonna make it worse. Then it’ll be the responsibility of others to tell their partners heyve been infected.

      • Joseph Klarr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with this, I think allowing users to do so anonymously would reduce the stigma, help more people warn others of possible contraction, and help reduce the spread of certain diseases. I think this would lead to more testing and more knowledge of someone's status. And for those worried about it being abused- it would mostly encourage someone to GET TESTED, which is never a bad thing.

      • Jay Cee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I really think that should be your responsibility to tell people and choose partners more careful. Not the apps.

      • Erik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So what should I do if I caught an std and might have exposed someone to it and I’d like to remain anonymous, like our ***? Not tell them so he can spread it more?

        I’m asking a serious question and an answer like “have the balls to tell them” will it help. I want to tell him as he messes around with others and has a partner. But I won’t unless it’s anonymous. So “have the balls” comment will only lead me to not saying anything which will in,y spread things and I don’t want to do that. It’s an easily curable one also.

      • Darrell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No comment other than... This idea is completely inappropriate for a non-medical app.

      • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How many people would abuse this feature just to scare the living daylights out of people in an act of revenge? I can’t think of a bigger boogeyman to gay men than being told they might have been exposed to STI’s/HIV. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Sorry fellas but if you’re too immature to have an open and honest discussion with your partner before getting in bed, you probably shouldn’t be having ***. Yes people lie but at the end of the day the only weapon you have is your own judgement. It’s not worth your life to not do so.

      • Good Gravy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm pretty sure nobody, including Grindr, wants Grindr to start maintaining records of who hooked up with whom--especially when they have no way to know whether the information is even true.

      • Fernando Maulion commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Discussing my HIV or STD status with someone i chose is my right, but grindr have no right to handle this information and send push notifications if something changes on this matter. THIS IS FUC...inG ANTI CONSTITUTIONAL AND VIOLATE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION LAWS, if you don't want to get a and STD, **** with a condom. end of the problem.

        ARE YOU F:::ING NUTS?

      • Jimmy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I’m quite bitter about my life and I hate the all the buff jocks & hot twinks on grindr; they’d never look at me.

        I can’t wait for this feature so that I can send them all anonymous messages and tell them I’ve probably given them HIV!!

        I’m joking. But there ARE people who would do this.

        This is a terrible terrible idea.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a total wtf for me. Make sure the TOP wears condoms even while you suck him off.

      • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is pointless. It should not be built into grindr and there are already other services to do this.

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