Casual Dating Apps blamed for recent STD Epidemic

Casual Dating Apps blamed for recent STD Epidemic

Health experts have blamed social media for surge in cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the US. They have to say that social media serves the purpose of easily arranging casual sex through social media. Promiscuity, drugs, alcohol and failure to use condoms are additional causes behind the STD epidemic.

The Rhode Island Department of Health has said in a report that the state witnessed a rapid rise in the cases of STDs between 2013 and 2014.

“New cases of HIV and syphilis continued to increase among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men at a faster rate than in other populations, infection rates of all STDs continued to have a greater impact on the African-American, Hispanic, and young adult populations”, said the report.

Dating apps have set a wrong trend in the society as many people with the desire to get engaged in casual sex activities find them apt. They often make anonymous sexual encounters.

High risk behaviors include having sex without using a condom, having multiple sex partners and indulging in sex after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

The latest statistics have come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are related to 2013. However, there are reports of alarming rise in HIV and syphilis from New York and Texas to Utah.

Lynn Beltran, an epidemiologist at the Salt Lake County STD clinic, told KUTV that the best remedy to ensure your prevention from STDs is to use protection while having sex.

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