- Including "safe sex" as a profile option and allowing users to search for partners by such characteristics
- Providing directories of STD testing locations
- Sending automatic reminders to get an HIV or STD test at regular intervals chosen by users
- Having chat-rooms and other areas for HIV-positive men looking for other HIV-positive men
- Providing e-cards to notify partners of a potential exposure to STDs
- Posting videos that show men discussing safe sex, HIV status, and related issues
- Providing access to sexual health experts
Business partners involved in the study were, for the most part, cooperative and supportive of the recommendations. However, according to the Bilerico Project, "Website owners expressed skepticism about health department staff going online to notify users that they might have been exposed to an STD. In contrast, a majority of HIV and STD prevention directors and users thought this strategy was important. The authors are planning follow-up meetings with owners to further understand their concerns."
How would you feel about signing onto Grindr, for example, and seeing any one of these changes in place? Do you think it's the responsibility of site/app owners to make sure users are saturated with STD information?
(Source and image source: The Bilerico Project)