Apps make casual, anonymous encounters easier, and it’s almost impossible to find partners again afterward — meaning that it can be harder to track down others who have an STD and help them get treatment, Beltran said.In Utah, huge increases in the number of gonorrhea diagnoses since 2011 — 700 percent for women, nearly 300 percent for men — have been at least partly blamed on apps like Tinder.“The perfect storm has been brewing” to increase STD infections, Lynn Beltran, an epidemiology supervisor in the Infectious Disease Bureau in the Salt Lake County Health Department, told the Guardian in May.Two of the faces bear the names of popular dating apps. Tinder user, meet chlamydia, the billboard implies. The dating app sent a cease and desist letter to AHF, the foundation said Monday, demanding an end to the campaign.“These unprovoked and wholly unsubstantiated accusations are made to irreparably damage Tinder’s reputation in an attempt to encourage others to take an HIV test by your organization,” it read, according to the Los Angeles Times.The response was perhaps not unsurprising — when Tinder was blamed for precipitating a “dating apocalypse” in a much-read, much-disputed Vanity Fair article earlier this month, the billion-dollar company lashed out on Twitter, firing off missive after 140-character missive in a highly public freak-out about the piece.By those standards, a cease and desist letter could be seen as tame.Just blocks away from the Tinder headquarters in Los Angeles, a large pink and purple billboard encapsulates much of what critics don’t like about the dating app. The billboard is part of a campaign from the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which posted its warnings about Internet hookups and venereal disease in more than 50 spots around the city last week.
Meanwhile, Grindr, an app aimed at gay men, told the L. Times it has dropped the foundation’s paid ads for STD testing from its site and is “assessing our relationship” with the organization.But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said it would not be backing down.