In this file photo taken on October 29, 2015 Grindr Founder & CEO Joel Simkhai attends amfAR's Inspiration Gala in Hollywood, California. / AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Alberto E. Rodriguez
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Experts greeted with enthusiasm efforts from the self-proclaimed world's largest gay dating app to promote regular HIV testing and status disclosure -- but the effort backfired badly when it was revealed that Grindr was sharing the data, prompting calls for a boycott.The West Hollywood, California-based dating app, which claims 3.6 million daily active users globally, confirmed Monday it had been sharing users' personal data -- including HIV status -- with third party software vendors.A wave of advocacy organizations and users say the revelations are a serious violation of trust and privacy -- with some worrying the news could undercut recommendations from HIV prevention experts to regularly get tested and disclose HIV status with potential sexual partners.One Grindr user, who identified himself as Danny, said he originally thought the dating app's option to disclose HIV status was "great," also lauding frequent reminders on the app to get tested.
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