Study links hookup apps for gays to HIV epidemic, but activists point to stigma

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A United Nations report found a surge of HIV infections among those aged between 10 and 19 in the Asia-Pacific region, and the epidemic is fastest growing among men who have sex with men. – Reuters pic, December 1, 2015.

In conjunction with World AIDS Day today, The Malaysian Insider looks at the use of dating apps such as Grindr, and whether claims that they spur the spread of HIV among homosexual men are true.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, the gay community has long been demonised as a social ill, and conservatives have often linked it to Western-liberal values.

Yet despite the taboo, Grindr, Scruff, and Hornet – mobile apps that enable gay men hook up with one another are popular in the country.

Finding a gay partner on Grindr, for instance, is as simple as downloading the app onto your mobile phone, creating an account with your email, and scanning through the profile pictures. Read more