Tinder Is Being Blamed For Increase In STI Rates
Uh oh, watch out all you babes who are on your tinder game. While using the dating (er hook up?) app may get you laid, or even get you a boyfriend or girlfriend in some cases, according to the Rhode Island Health Department, the app’s widespread popularity has given rise to an increase in STI infection rates.
Between 2013 and 2014, the Rhode Island Health Department saw a whopping 79% increase in Syphilis cases. But it doesn’t stop there, unfortunately. The number of gonorrhea cases increased by 30%, and perhaps scariest of all new HIV infection increased at a rate of 33%.
The Rhode Island Health Department stated that these numbers they observed are in line with a national trend. The reason for the increase? In addition to common practices of “high risk” behaviors (having unprotected casual sex with your tinder hook up, for example), the numbers also reflect better, and more accurate testing procedures. In other words, the increase in numbers isn’t all about people getting their freak on in droves, but also improvements in public health that allow public health officials to have better, more accurate data.
Even still, the Rhode Island Health Department isn’t letting dating apps off the hook. The high risk behaviors they cite as having contributed to these increases include, “using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol”.
So next time you’re using tinder, do yourself a favor and use a condom.