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Free HIV At-Home Test Kits Now Available on Grindr to the Entire Country Through Building Healthy Online Communities Partnership

Access to HIV testing is one of the biggest limitations in the fight against the persistent HIV epidemic. Today, we’re announcing a huge step toward eliminating that impediment. Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC) is working with Emory to create an expanded program called Together TakeMeHome to easily order free at-home HIV tests, and they’re partnering with Grindr to get the word out to gay, bi, and trans people all over the country.
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July 15, 2024
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Free HIV At-Home Test Kits Now Available on Grindr to the Entire Country Through Building Healthy Online Communities Partnership
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As of today there will be a designated button in the Grindr side menu (under the profile settings) where all US-based Grindr users can go to order an at-home HIV test kit for free. The project is called “Together TakeMeHome,” and it enables you to order an at-home HIV test in less than a minute–similar to how ordering free COVID tests worked. You can use the link in Grindr or go directly to order a kit here in English and here in Spanish. Grindr will collect no data in the process.

Many Grindr users face barriers to testing in person, including clinic operating hours, transportation, costs, concerns about privacy, and fear of judgment. Over the last three years, TakeMeHome has given away 125,000 HIV test kits, and more of those have gone to gay, bi, and trans people using Grindr than any other dating app platform. Plus, one-third of those kits went to first-time testers, showing the power and innovation that comes from bringing these partners together.

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The result has been a national expansion of the program, powered by an easy-to-use website funded by the CDC and operated by BHOC and Emory University. It allows anyone in the US, including Puerto Rico, to order up to two free at-home test kits every ninety days. And, as we look to the future, Grindr will expand our commitment to home testing in other countries. This project is currently aiming to give out one million kits over five years. We’re incredibly proud of this partnership, so please check out “Together TakeMeHome,” know your status, tell your friends, and let’s continue to fight the epidemic together.

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