A new study reveals a promising trend. Gay and trans users of Grindr are more likely to be on PrEP, and have lower rates of HIV incidence, but possess higher rates of STIs than non users.
The Body Pro reports: “The study released at the IDWeek 2019 conference on Friday in Washington, D.C. showed that compared to those who aren’t on Grindr, cisgender gay and bisexual men on the app were definitely taking more sexual risks that made them more likely to contract HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but they were also more likely to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or be open to using PrEP. Men on Grindr did in fact tend to have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than men who weren’t on Grindr, but those on the hook-up app also had fewer new HIV diagnoses.”
“From this data, it seems that people on Grindr are exposed to more sex-positive and HIV status–neutral information, more than the general public,” said Ace Robinson, director of strategic partnerships at NMAC. “And using PrEP to avert HIV acquisition is more normalized for folks on Grindr. These apps are reducing stigma about people simply taking control of their sex lives.”