‘STD-Verified’ Dating App Called NeatClub – article by J. Burns
So sad we’re living in a day and age where this sort of thing is necessary. And yes, there are advantages to being celibate… like avoiding getting STIs.
You don’t need funding or a government program to avoid getting an STI – being celibate will do the trick, and it’s free.
Again, the idea behind NeatClub isn’t totally surprising, and could easily be tempting for anyone who’s experienced the fear surrounding STIs and exposure to them.
By phone, founder Ashka Shah noted that medical experts have described the ongoing rise in STI cases in the United States as an epidemic–one that particularly affects gay and bisexual men, and which the CDC credits in large part to related funding cuts in recent years, Slate pointed out.
Despite this, sexually active folk aren’t showing up for testing like they should, and often for different reasons, according to Shah. “My research showed it was partially stigma and partially ignorance,” she said.
By inviting daters to get their status and any disclosure thereof settled at the start, Shah said, she hopes the app will help break down some of that stigma while helping to keep people safer.
“We want people with lifelong STDs to feel comfortable coming forward with their status, and to know that an awesome sex life is possible,” she said. “We don’t want to judge anyone, and recent ‘slut shaming’ culture ignores that it just takes one person to get an STD.”
Unlike dating sites for people who already have specific STIs, Shah said, NeatClub will soon welcome persons of any status onto the platform, provided they keep that status up to date by submitting test results for confirmation every four months. Which is where the term “neat” comes into play–not, as I first guessed with dropped jaw, in deliberate reference to the idea of ‘neat and clean,’ but in reference to cocktails.
If someone’s test results indicate they are without STIs, Shah explained, their profile will display that status as a glass of neat whiskey, which she chose for the alcohol’s strength and popularity.
Whereas if a person’s results suggest they do have this or that STI, different garnishes will appear on their whiskey icon–reportedly chosen at random, and not, presumably, because of real-life palatability or resemblance. “It could be neat whiskey with a cherry on top for herpes, or neat whiskey with whipped cream for gonorrhea,” she said. And when infections have cleared up, those indicators go away again, Shah said, which underscores the fact that sexual health can change, and needs ongoing maintenance.
(Link): The Myth of Safe Sex by D. Foley
(Link): Gonorrhea Super Strain Becoming ‘Untreatable’ (in the UK; may be heading to the USA) – 2015 story