Hey, there’s nothing wrong with using modern technology to find a date or a mate or just someone to screw around with. But it seems as though people are being more careless when it comes to protecting themselves from diseases.
Take for example Rhode Island. According to the states’s Department of Health, STDs are on the rise and it’s because of apps like Tinder. Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonorrhea cases increased by 30%. STD cases for young adults are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population.
The department blamed the fact that high-risk behavior due to the apps are becoming more prevalent. And that people are using Tinder and the like to arrange for casual hook-ups.
Obviously the people should be to blame, not an app. The app makes people more accessible with each other, but if you want to put your life in jeopardy, that seems to be a personal issue.
But this isn’t the first time a dating app or site has been the blame for the rise in STDs. A 2013 New York University study said that Craigslist was responsible for a 16% increase in HIV cases between 1999 and 2008 across 33 states.
“These new data underscore the importance of encouraging young people to begin talking to a doctor, nurse, or health educator about sexual health,” said Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, a HIV/AIDS sexuality specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education, in a press release.
After you swipe right, make sure you pack protection.