Hiv phone dating
We met at a shopping mall, then went to a hotel nearby.” A year later, in 2011, Nest got his first smart phone and discovered mobile dating apps.
At first, he used Grindr and Jack’d, the most popular gay apps.
But he later shifted to Growlr, a niche app for ‘bears’ – gay men who present a rugged, macho image. “Usually, if you go on Growlr, there will be around 50 guys available during the day, or 100 at night.
Some are looking for long-term relationships, but others just want sex.
Unlike Internet dating, their precursor, mobile apps are location based – they show other users available in the immediate area, in real time.
This can lead to spontaneous sex and risky behaviour.
But dating sites such as HIVNet, a community for people living with HIV that launched in 2001, are trying to reduce the stigma.
“It was started for purely selfish reasons,” the site’s founder, Rick Burton, who is HIV-positive, tells Vice.
Nest sits in the garden of a trendy coffee shop in Ari, where Thai students meet to sip cappuccinos, hang out and play songs on an acoustic guitar.
On mainstream dating Web sites, such as Plenty of Fish, 27-year-old Canadian John Anderson says he’s faced rejection since contracting herpes.