How mobile dating apps can help fight HIV

Health experts have raised concerns about mobile dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder, linking them to rising HIV cases. But public health workers and HIV advocates have found a way to use the online dating tools to their advantage. Photo by: freestocks.org

Social media platforms have become a valuable tool for development professionals. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter allow them to connect, inspire and inform the world of the work they do on the ground, while dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr have become a refuge for those seeking companionship in a foreign land.

Over the past few years, however, development workers have found a way to make use of these dating platforms beyond their intended purpose. Public health workers and advocates working in the HIV space have started partnering with dating app developers to raise awareness and encourage individuals to undergo HIV screening.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.