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Grindr Pioneers Initiative to Offer Free At-Home Testing Kits for U.K. Users

Grindr for Equality
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May 15, 2024
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At Grindr, we've always been committed to promoting the health, well-being, and equality of the LGBTQ+ community. As the world's largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, we recognize our responsibility to address the pressing issues facing our users. Today, we're excited to announce a groundbreaking initiative that aims to tackle the rising STI rates in London, particularly among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM).

The Partnership

We've partnered with PrEPster at The Love Tank, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health of underserved communities, and Sexual Health London (SHL) to provide our London-based users with easy access to at-home STI testing kits. This collaboration marks the first time a UK dating app has offered such a service, and we're proud to be at the forefront of this important effort.

The Importance of Accessible STI Tests

GBMSM in London face significant barriers to accessing in-person STI testing, including limited clinic hours, transportation difficulties, and fear of judgment. These obstacles contribute to the health inequalities experienced by this community, with GBMSM in London having a 15 times higher STI diagnosis rate compared to the general population. By offering at-home testing kits, we aim to break down these barriers and ensure all our users can access convenient, confidential STI screening.

How the Service Works

Ordering a self-sampling kit through the Grindr app is a simple and discreet process:

  1. Access: Users can access the service directly from their Grindr profile by clicking on the "Free STI Kit" button.

  2. Eligibility: After clicking the button, users will be guided through a few basic steps to confirm their eligibility for the free testing kit.

  3. Privacy: Once confirmed, the kit will be discreetly delivered to the user's address. Users can then collect their samples in the privacy of their own homes.

  4. Return: After collecting the samples, users can return the kit using the provided free postage.

  5. Results: Within a few days of returning the kit, users will receive their results via notifications through SHL's secure platform.

  6. Confidentiality: Throughout the entire process, from ordering to receiving results, users' information remains strictly confidential and is never shared with Grindr.

The Grindr For Equality Program

This initiative is part of our broader Grindr For Equality initiative, which aims to advance the health and human rights of LGBTQ+ people worldwide. Since its launch in 2012, the program has partnered with numerous public health authorities and LGBTQ+ organizations to expand access to testing, information, and care. We've already seen success in countries like Ireland, Georgia, New Zealand, and the USA, where our partnerships have helped distribute nearly half a million test kits.

The Potential Impact

By making STI testing more accessible and convenient for our London users, we hope to reduce STI rates within the GBMSM community and normalize regular screening as a crucial part of sexual health maintenance. We believe this initiative has the potential to significantly impact the well-being of our users and serve as a model for other dating apps and organizations looking to prioritize sexual health equity.

At Grindr, we know that behind every statistic about rising STI rates, there are real people with real stories and struggles—and that's why we're committed to creating a world where LGBTQ+ people can thrive without fear or discrimination.

Our partnership with PrEPster at The Love Tank and SHL represents a major step toward achieving this goal by addressing one of the most pressing health concerns facing our community in London. We encourage all our London-based users to take advantage of this free, confidential service and join us in the fight against rising STI rates.

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