Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth Launches Grindr-like Hook Up Site For HIV+ Gay Men

by Sergio N. Candido

South Florida Gay News

Thursday October 4, 2012

Grindr has made it easier for gay men all over the world to find a hot date, but for HIV-positive gay men it can be more difficult as they may face discrimination.

Here comes, a new social networking website that hopes to strip away that stigma. Its creator, AIDS activist and former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth, said he hopes to create not only a forum where gay HIV-positive men can meet, but also a database of information, support and resources for thel HIV-positive community.

"Sex sells, but we are much more than a hookup site. We provide an alternative for HIV+ men who often feel stigmatized and discriminated against on the other sites. As the site develops and grows, we will incorporate features like forums and blogs that will strengthen a sense of community and acceptance," Mackenroth said.

While the site targets HIV-positive gay men, it will not ask members to clarify their HIV status.

Mackenroth explains: "We take the stance that everyone should assume their partner is HIV positive and proceed accordingly. Asking someone their status is rather pointless, as people may not know or even lie about it to avoid rejection. We encourage members to be out and proud but we understand that the stigma can be prohibitive so members control all of their own content. I hope that the sense of community will help members 'come out' about their status over time."

Website features will very much resemble those of Grindr; a staff physician will be available to answer health questions.

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