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MCHD, Grindr partnership successful in publicizing syphilis outbreak

When Monongalia County Health Department teamed up with Grindr, a dating app geared toward the LBGTQ+ community, County Health Officer Dr. Lee B. Smith had no idea how many people might be educated about Monongalia County’s syphilis outbreak through this partnership.

It all started earlier this year, when Dr. Smith learned through a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources public health disease investigator that some people diagnosed with syphilis in Morgantown had anonymous sexual encounters thanks to meeting partners through dating apps.

“So I thought, ‘If dating apps are part of the problem, couldn’t they also be part of a solution?’” Dr. Smith said.

Read the full press release on the Monongalia County Health Department, Grindr partnership.