1 in 3 gay people refuse to meet HIV+ people on dating apps

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Three in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people ‘swipe left’ when it is stated in other person’s dating app’s profile that he\she has HIV, even if this person is on effective treatment which does not allow to spread the virus. The latest research – carried out by YouGov for sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust – also revealed that more than half (51 percent) of LGB respondents do not believe that people living with HIV are not always the transmitters. The statistics showed that about a further quarter (24 percent) of LGB people ‘don’t know’ whether the HIV-status of a potential partner is significant for them or not. Some dating apps, like Grindr and Hornet, allow users to state their HIV status, including if they are having treatment and when their last test date for the virus was. The charity said the new data “reveals a shocking level of stigma steeped in a severe lack of understanding of HIV transmission.”

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