Billboard for ‘free STD check’ causing a lot of buzz

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LOS ANGELES – A billboard in Los Angeles is causing a lot of buzz about sexually transmitted diseases.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation posted a billboard that promotes “free STD checks” in the area by showing two couple’s silhouettes.

However, it’s the words that are associated with the advertisement that is getting a lot of attention.

It says “Tinder, Chlamydia, Grindr, Gonorrhea.”

“In many ways, location-based mobile dating apps are becoming a digital bathhouse for millennials wherein the next sexual encounter can literally just be a few feet away- as well as the next STD,” Whitney Engeran-Cordova, the foundation’s public health division director, said in a statement. ” While these sexual encounters are often intentionally brief or even anonymous, sexually transmitted diseases can have lasting effects on an individual’s personal health and can certainly create epidemics in communities at large.”

Tinder is not taking the hit lying down.

According to KCAL, the company has sent a cease and desist letter to the AHF.

However, the LA Times says the foundation will not remove the billboard, saying casual hookups have boomed because of the app.

The foundation also linked the social media sites to high-risk behaviors that could lead to a sexually transmitted disease.