According to a recent study, Grindr actually was found to be a very effective way to give out HIV self-test kits to men at risk of infection and to reduce the spread of HIV this way.
Gay-related and HIV-related stigma and lack of access to health care often keep these men from getting tested, according to Dr. A. Lina Rosengren, lead author of the study and an infectious diseases fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The same is true for gay men in many parts of Indonesia. The study says that not only are the home test kits convenient, they can help bypass some of those stigmas by providing anonymity.
The researchers chose Grindr because of its popularity among gay men. The app attracts 2 million daily active users in 192 countries, according to its website.
Yes, the application that Indonesian government thought had become one of the triggers of a recent crime is actually very useful to help people out there getting tested! It helps them to be more aware of their status - and that's hardly criminal. What more is there to say? I think the government should see the bigger picture, because there's so much more to see than meets the eye.