Grindr, Scruff profiles now advertising use of PrEP

profiles advertise PrEPFrom the Advocate.com

Guys on Grindr and Scruff — two of the most popular gay hookup apps — recently started seeing profiles advertising the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year recommended for gay and bisexual men at substantial risk for contracting HIV.

Jason Marchant, chief product officer of Scruff and one of the app’s founding partners, tells The Advocate he’s been on PrEP for two years and has listed it on his Scruff profile for over a year and a half. Marchant’s username is “Jason Scruff [PrEP].” Such is the way many Scruff users advertise their PrEP usage; including it in their usernames or in their written profile descriptions. But Scruff is about to make it easier to advertise PrEP adherence or find other users.

“Scruff 5, which will be launching on iOS devices in the next few weeks, will have two new profile metadata fields,” Marchant says. “One of them is sexual practices like top, bottom, versatile, oral, fetish, no sex, stuff like that. The second one is for safer sex practices like condoms, PrEP, and treatment as prevention.”

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To find out more about PrEP, check out the PrEP page on this Website.

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