A man in Las Vegas certainly got more than he signed up when he took to dating site Tinder – when his date gave him herpes.
The man, who has been listed as John Doe in court papers, wants at least $10,000 (£6,500) in damages for the “pain and suffering” he has been caused after contracting the STI from a Hollywood producer he met on Tinder.
The pair met on the dating app and began exchanging sexually explicit messages but after the female producer described a number of sexual encounters, the man explained he was a ‘germaphobe’. According to court documents, the woman told him that she had been careful and had used protection.
When the man subsequently visited her home in Beverly Hills, he asked for a condom but the woman allegedly said she didn’t have any and was unable to fall pregnant. She reportedly tried to put his fears about STIs to rest telling him that she even had her name on a building at a Los Angeles hospital.
The pair then met up again at a hotel in Las Vegas and again had unprotected sex, then just two days later, the man received a call from the woman, explaining that she had a herpes break out. She went on to admit she had contracted the disease from her ex-husband 20 years earlier.
Hook up and dating sites like Tinder and Grindr have been blamed for an increase in STIs over the past few years with Public Health England revealing that the apps caused six outbreaks of syphilis in 2012 and 2013 by enabling “hyper-efficient transmission”.