Three of the most popular dating apps for men who have sex with men in Europe – Grindr, Hornet and Planet Romeo – will provide free advertising to promote the newly created and mobile-optimised European HIV Test Finder to millions of European users, this European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2015 (20-27 November).
The initiative has been organised by a working group of HIV organisations from across Europe including Terrence Higgins Trust (UK), Soa Aids Nederland (Netherlands), RSFL (Sweden) and Iskorak (Croatia). HIV organisations from 23 EU countries also officially support the action.
A unique partnership of HIV community organisations, smartphone dating apps Hornet, Grindr and Planet Romeo, and the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control has come together to deliver a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote HIV testing across the European Union.
The European HIV Test Finder was produced by Aidsmap.com with funding from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. This online and mobile optimised tool lists over 2,000 HIV testing centres and clinics in all 28 EU countries.
“Making the world safe for LGBTQ people means fighting this epidemic and it’s personally very important to me to use this platform for that goal.”
Cary James from Terrence Higgins Trust said:
“This collaboration shows what can be achieved if we work together on a European level.
“Our common goal is ending the HIV epidemic in Europe while improving the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men. By working together we can add value to national HIV programmes and achieve that goal sooner.”
Sean Howell founder of Hornet Gay Social Network said:
“New social technologies have massive scale and can help make an impact on Europe’s strategy to combat HIV. As a large social media platform, we can amplify the important work of European HIV Test Week.”
Marc van Zijp from PlanetRomeo said:
“PlanetRomeo is pleased to see that European health organizations are intensifying their collaboration. As one of the major online dating communities for gay and bisexual men we support this work group by providing them with free banner space.
“PlanetRomeo thinks the European HIV Test Finder is an important initiative and wholeheartedly supports collaborations between European health organizations and companies like ours.”
Dr Andrew Amato-Gauci, Head of the ECDC Programme on HIV/AIDS, STI and viral hepatitis said:
“Across Europe, 47 per cent of newly reported HIV cases are diagnosed late although we know that those tested early are a lot less likely to pass the virus on to others because of both lower infectivity when on treatment and changes in sexual and drug injecting behaviour”
“A quick and simple blood test will tell you if you are infected or not – and with that knowledge you can better protect your own health and that of others. Whether on your computer or on your mobile phone, with the European HIV Test Finder it will only take you a few seconds to locate a testing site near you – wherever you are in Europe.”