SAN DIEGO — The Hornet Gay Social Network has launched a feature that will help users locate HIV testing services and learn more about PrEP and other topics, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports.
The app’s creators have partnered with aids.gov to power the feature, which was used about 30,000 times its first day, the article said. Hornet is a gay-owned location-based dating and social network.
The gay community has made progress in reducing HIV infection rates, but new trends among young people show that HIV rates are increasing once again, 132.5 percent from 2001-2011—a much higher increase than older gay men and a significant contrast with the drop among the general population.
Studies show that public concern about HIV has decreased, yet the number of people living with HIV in the U.S. exceeds 1.1 million and continues to increase, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News article said.In a news release, Hornet said that in order to end the epidemic, help is needed to promote HIV services in ways that are far-reaching and lasting. Traditional advertising does not reach all users in need of health services.
Sophisticated geo-specific resources are powerful. Within the Hornet app, social network members can use the tool to find the 10 closest HIV locations. The widget is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is available for free, the article said.
- Longtime Baltimore gay bar loses liquor license by Steve Charing | posted on May 19, 2016
- Wentworth Miller returns in ‘Prison Break’ season 5 trailer by Mariah Cooper | posted on May 19, 2016
- Fanning confirmed as first openly gay Army secretary by Chris Johnson | posted on May 17, 2016
- ‘House Father’ in ballroom community murdered by Steve Charing | posted on May 18, 2016
- 9 reasons D.C. is best city for gays by Brock Thompson | posted on May 18, 2016