Epidemic of STIs blamed on dating apps

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6 April 2016

Dating apps are being blamed for a marked increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US.

The rise in STIs among 15-24 year-olds, who are the primary target audience of dating apps, is reaching epidemic proportions, say sexual health specialists.

They report a surge in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis contracted from anonymous partners patients meet through apps like Tinder, OKCupid and Grindr.

What is particularly concerning, says US obstetrician and gynecologist Dr Harold Wiesenfeld, is that young patients with STIs seem untroubled by their diagnosis.

“Across the country we are in what we consider an STI epidemic, especially with syphilis and its health implications,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“But we are trying to understand why people aren’t as afraid of STIs as before. Is it because they aren’t seeing people dying of AIDS anymore?”

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