It has a “Safety Tips” section under the app’s “Settings" that discusses protection measures such as using a condom, and features a link to a CDC website with information on getting tested.The company did not respond to a request for comment.
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According to the CDC, men who have sex with men accounted for 14,229 out of 23,872 (59.6%) cases of primary and secondary syphilis — the most infectious stages of the disease — in 2015.
Grindr, a gay dating app with 3 million daily active users, has a "Sexual Health” section on each user’s profile where the user can list HIV status and the last time they were tested.
Trained workers from Hsu’s division interview the person about any partners who may have been exposed.
They then track down and notify those partners — discreetly, Hsu added, in a way that keeps the source of information anonymous.
On top of that, “tremendous cuts are being projected by the current administration,” Hsu said.
The White House’s 2018 budget proposed a 6.1 million reduction in funding for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD and tuberculosis prevention.
Public health professionals trained by the CDC will set up partner notification profiles on Manhunt.
These profiles, which have a special logo, only contact users if they may have been exposed to an STD.“Contact investigation has evolved where we use newer tools,” Hsu said.
“We will go on (social media), use public information and find ways to track people using their handles.”Such partnerships are important, both Hsu and Chan of Rhode Island say.