Beyond 'HIV Status': Interface Design Is Personal at SCRUFF

December 1, 2014 2:22 PM

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In the 25 years since the first World AIDS Day, we have made great strides in the treatment and prevention of HIV. During this time, the advent of the Internet has also transformed how gay guys meet one another. Despite these advances, our community is still struggling with how to communicate about HIV and how to treat those who are HIV positive. This is especially evident in the way we are accustomed to asking guys to disclose HIV status online, which has remained largely unchanged since the advent of profile-based websites over 20 years ago.

Gay guys have been connecting online since the late 1980s. What began as dial-up bulletin board services gave way to IRC channels and "m4m" chat rooms on AOL. Profile-based websites like Manhunt and Adam4Adam soon followed, and were the preferred medium for over a decade. Today, location-based smart...

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