A man has been accused of deliberately infecting his partners with HIV.
Daryll Rowe a hairdresser from Brighton, insisted on having unprotected sex with men he met on Grindr after telling them he did not have the disease.
After the act he would send his victims text messages mocking their ignorance.
One received a text saying: “Maybe you have the fever. I came inside you and I have HIV LOL. Oops!”
The rise of hookup culture using apps such as Grindr and Tinder over the last couple of years is worrying.
Sex is more available than ever as all it takes is a swipe right.
It seems people are happy to have casual sex after meeting people online.
Why do we blindly trust people we meet online to be who they say they are?
Although you can cultivate a relationship online it is important to remember that this person is a stranger.
The use of online dating services amongst young adults has tripled from 2013 to 2016.
In general, most people are honest online but it is naïve to think that someone is exactly who they say they are.
It may be a cynical to assume that everyone is hiding something but catfishing, fraud and other crimes are real things that can result from online dating.
People are most likely to misrepresent their height and weight, but will lie about everything from their age to their name.
Remember to get to know the person and not the profile, meet in public and tell a friend where you are going.
In the UK online dating is the leading way relationships start today, so practice safe sex and stay aware but I don’t think it is time to lose hope.