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Tinder Adds STD Testing Center Locator to Dating App

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A new health safety page provides prevention and testing information

The dating app Tinder agreed Thursday to provide information on testing locations for sexually transmitted diseases, ending a feud with a California advocacy group.

Tinder has battled with the Los Angeles based AIDS Health Foundation since the group launched an ad campaign last fall linking the mobile dating app with the spread of STDs. Tinder responded to the charge with a cease-and-desist letter, according to NBC News.

With Tinder’s decision, the AIDS Health Foundation has decided to halt their campaign, which included billboards and advertisements in Los Angeles and New York. The group pointed to a dramatic rise in STDs as motive for the campaign, citing a 2014 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tinder did not comment on the cease-and-desist letter, the network reports, but responded to the connection between mobile dating apps and the rise in STD cases in a statement:

“An important aspect of any healthy relationship – whether formed on Tinder or otherwise — is ensuring sexual health and safety. While the CDC, who conducted the largest and most credible study on the topic, has never identified any connection that supports the idea that Tinder usage correlates with, let alone causes, an increase in STDs, we’re of course in favor of organizations that provide public education resources on the topic.”

Tinder is now referring users to the health safety page on their website, which includes information on preventing and testing for STDs. However, as Newsweek notes, finding the page from within the app or from Tinder’s homepage could be more user friendly.

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