happn has announced it is teaming up with RED, an organisation that raises awareness and funds to try and eliminate HIV/AIDS from eight African countries.
The partnership begins in December, which is internationally recognised as AIDS Awareness Month. The dating app has committed to donating 5% of the revenue it makes on World AIDS Day (1st December) to RED.
Throughout the month, the charity is running a ‘Shopathon’ to sell a variety of branded products and raise further money. happn users will be notified of the ongoing sale and encouraged to make a purchase.
Founder of happn Didier Rappaport told Charity Digital News: “Despite great scientific advances over the years, we must remain mobilised to continue the fight against AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
“The heart of happn is to help singles find love, and the only way to freely live that adventure is for each and every person to feel safe. We are happy to announce our support of [RED] in their yearly holiday shopping campaign.”
RED explains that more than 400 babies are born with HIV every day, but treatments cost as little as 20 cents.
Some scientific studies suggest that rising STD rates could be linked to dating app use because they make it easier for people to have casual relationships.
Last month, an academic from the University of California found that Grindr users tended to engage in more risky sexual behaviour than the general gay population.
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