Stigma towards people living with HIV can be extremely damaging.
And that’s what the Real Conversations of Grindr campaign is aiming to challenge, as their new video sees real people reading real conversations between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people on Grindr.
While the conversations start off light-hearted with some typical Grindr sex talk, the mood quickly swings once the app users begin to discover that the one they’re talking to is living with HIV.
“What the fuck’s wrong with you? Why are you on here with your disease?” asks one Grindr user, despite being told they’re on HIV medication, while another says: “Go and spread your disease with some other poor fucker.”
Simon Connor, executive director of Queensland Positive People, says: “Stigma is a barrier to people getting tested and seeking treatment and can potentially be more damaging than the virus itself.”
Watch the video below.
You can find out more about the Real Conversations of Grindr campaign on their website.