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January 22, 2016

Deal to Push STD Testing Ends AIDS Group's Feud With Tinder

Popular mobile dating app Tinder has agreed to adds links to centers for sexually transmitted testing to its site, settling the firm's feud with a prominent sexual-health nonprofit, Reuters reports. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation aroused Tinder's ire last fall when it put up billboards and advertisements in Los Angeles and New York linking "hook-up" apps to the spread of conditions such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

As part of the pact, the Los Angeles-based foundation will remove the signs, which it defended by citing Centers for Disease Control data showing a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted illnesses in 2014. In a statement Thursday, Tinder said that while the federal health agency "has never identified any connection" between the increase and the use of its service, "we're of course in favor of organizations that provide public education resources on the topic."