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Why is a Giant Grindr App Wandering Provincetown? — VIDEO

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You see a lot of things wandering the streets of Provincetown, Massachusetts, but it's not so often that you see a giant Grindr app handing out test tubes of (fake) blood and semen.

Watch artist Tim McCarthy's project on HIV transmission, AFTER THE JUMP...

2_grindrSaid McCarthy, in a press release: “The concept is meant to be disturbing. We want to engage guys—especially young guys—in a conversation about HIV that seems to have lost momentum.”

McCarthy adds that the video title and Grindr handle, 'R U the 1?', is intentionally equivocal: "Are you the one I’ll spend a night with? The rest of my life with? Or the one who gives me HIV?"  He adds that the reverse label on his handouts includes information about the rise of HIV infections and the use of social apps for bareback sex. It also includes tips for making sex safer with online partners.

Added McCarthy: "The Internet and smartphones have changed gay culture and how we meet one another. There’s no shame in meeting online for sex. But if guys knew about the prevalence of new HIV infections, they might do more to prevent its transmission.”

Watch public reaction to McCarthy on the streets of Ptown, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, a recent study of over 1,300 gay and bisexual men in the New York City area who use Grindr revealed that 1 in 10 men on Grindr in NYC had never received an HIV test.

Further analysis showed that the proportion of older men getting tested for HIV was notably higher than that of the younger men, with 1 in 5 young MSM between the ages of 18-24 having never received an HIV test. Comparing these men to the overall population of NYC MSM indicated that a higher proportion of men onGrindr had never been tested for the disease (10% of Grindr users versus 2.6% of all NYC MSM).

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  1. It's good to have awareness but he may need to fine tune the delivery of the message. You only have 15 seconds or so to keep someone's attention and some folks laughed or looked confused. It is a lot to manage, so maybe he will get a helper.

    Posted by: TowsonMdGuy | Oct 2, 2013 7:50:47 PM


  2. Love how the queens immediately want to put it in there ass and take it as a joke. Hence the problem.

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 2, 2013 7:51:50 PM


  3. Can these HIV queens just go away? If they weren't making poor choices in life, they wouldn't be getting STD's. How about they stop using Grindr and having sex with total strangers in dark places?

    Stop sullying male homosexuality with your poor choices in life, HIV queens.

    Posted by: Adam | Oct 2, 2013 8:00:50 PM


  4. What problem Marc? Young people NEVER EVER listen to their elders about anything. Maybe the problem is the fact that young Gay men don't listen. Decades DECADES of effort and different approaches have been tried to get Gay men to just slow down and think about an STD the might be exposed to. And you know what the response is, "Don't tell me how to live Old Man."

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 2, 2013 8:03:25 PM


  5. Although the meningitis scare in NYC has been reduced substantially, some of the outbreak was traced to online hookups. The scary thing there was one could play safely and still transmit the infection. NYC Health officials are still recommending the vaccine for those at higher risk.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 2, 2013 8:05:41 PM


  6. Still works better than the new version of the app.

    Posted by: Fancy | Oct 2, 2013 8:21:31 PM


  7. good for him. and don't forget herpes and hpv can be transmitted thru oral sex

    Posted by: t | Oct 2, 2013 8:52:03 PM


  8. Yes, P-town was part of it too. The Boatslip and the bars. Streets full of gays. Parties where half the guys were nude. My boyfriend who drove me down in a 1930s coupe, was one of the bigger ones.
    Not today's P-town. I thumbed home and made it all the way to Cambridge.

    Posted by: GB | Oct 2, 2013 10:29:14 PM


  9. ADAM: "Sullying homosexuality??" Give me a call the next time someone sticks something up your ass. Sorry Princess, you are gay and everything it implies. Lysol will not disinfect your life. Bad karma will be drawn to you.

    Posted by: Denial | Oct 2, 2013 10:34:25 PM


  10. Denial, not all gay men fit the stereotype you seem to think is representative.

    I think that you're in denial.

    Denial that we are much more diverse than just the little crowds of horny drugged out sissies that congregate in the usual places.

    I get that the little high visibility cliques think that there's nothing else, because the people in them took the really easy route, and didn't really make an effort to look beyond the shallow. But that doesn't mean you're in the majority or are representative in any way.

    So grindr away; the rest of us consider you anachronisms, hell bent on thinning your own little herd. Have at it. Hurry up and die already.

    Posted by: Buckie | Oct 2, 2013 11:25:52 PM


  11. Great idea!

    It is scary the amount of people advertising for unsafe sex on mobile apps.

    Ignorance is not bliss.

    Posted by: bendskier | Oct 3, 2013 12:44:58 AM


  12. Responsible men could make these apps and internet hook-up sites unusable simply by flooding them with fake profiles, fake responses, and no shows for meet-ups.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 3, 2013 9:14:22 AM


  13. I lucked out. Last month, I thought I caught a STD from a guy a BB'd after meeting online (stupid of me) Fortunately it turned out to be a urinary tract infection. Lesson learned will def be using condoms from here on out.

    Posted by: brandong | Oct 3, 2013 9:37:36 AM


  14. "Responsible men could make these apps and internet hook-up sites unusable simply by flooding them with fake profiles, fake responses, and no shows for meet-ups."

    Uh, you realize the TYPICAL Grindr guy already does that sort of thing, right?

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 3, 2013 12:49:59 PM


  15. Buckie: You're just as much a sissy as any gay. If you're wishing death on people, please include yourself. I've never heard of grindr, but I'd pass on the crosswalks if I were you.

    Posted by: Denial | Oct 3, 2013 12:54:55 PM


  16. Suggested read, Mattild'a WHY ARE FAGGOTS SO AFRAID OF FAGGOTS?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform

    Posted by: birch | Oct 3, 2013 1:03:42 PM


  17. (Of course I meant, these forms of shaming are harmful.)

    Posted by: Ulu | Oct 4, 2013 1:01:10 AM


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