Swipe left! Hero condoms created mock STD Tinder profiles.
A cheeky Tinder campaign is swiping at STDs.
Hero Condoms has created 10 fake dating profiles named after infections like herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea spread primarily through casual, unprotected sex.
The prophylactic brand decided to match Australians looking for high-risk hookups with some hard facts, since these diseases are on the rise Down Under among men and women ages 18 to 24.
“Swipe right if you’re looking for something serious. Infertile kind of serious,” reads Johnorrhoea’s profile, which went live with the other mock-ups last week.
“My ideal date would start with a single unusual sore, which is usually firm, round, and painless,” says the handsome Sydphilis, tipping a wink. “I’d then spice things up with skin rashes and sores in your mouth, vagina, or bum. Romantic much?”
The comely Chlaramydia, 21, comes onto users with, “if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell won’t like Doc forcing a 10 inch swizzle stick into your pee pee,” along with emojis of an eggplant and a fireball.
Her male counterpart Chadmydia, 22, asks, “Who’s down for a bit of Cervix and Chill?”
Herpez, 23, who likes eating pizza, watching “Seinfeld” and “contagious blister outbreaks on your rude bits” boasts that he’s also spontaneous.
But some singles didn’t seem to get the message.
“Love nothing better than to break out on your adventure holiday, your 3rd date, even Xmas day,” his profile says.
Hero Condoms tapped local artist Aaron Tyler to create the five male and five female STD accounts using photo-editing tools drawing on selfies from around the world to create the composite profile pictures.
Hero rep David Wommelsdorff tells the Daily News that the provocative public health stunt coinciding with Australia’s National Youth Week is designed to destigmatize condom use.
“Being prepared is actually being sexy,” he says. “And this campaign was developed to have that one-on-one connection with youth, so they realize they may swipe and get more than they bargained for.”
The Tinder Hero profiles had picked up more than 100 connections within the first 48 hours. Now they’re going viral overseas, as well.
But some clueless users aren’t in on the joke. Tyler shared screenshots of several people still trying to get with Chlaramydia.
“Where abouts are you from?” one suitor asks her.
When she answers, “I’m from unprotected sex usually,” he responds with “I’m confused now.”
So much for spreading the message.