Health

Popular hookup apps are to blame for sky high STD spike

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) like HIV, HPV, gonnorhea and syphilis have risen sky high from 2013-2014, the Rhode Island Department of Health states, and they’re pointing the finger at hookup apps like Tinder and Grindr.

New Jersey has also shown a rise of its STD’s cases. “Epidemic” has been used by many to describe this current STD outbreak.

Studies show that syphilis cases have plummeted from 2013-2014, gonnorhea increased by 30%, and HIV cases increased by 33%, Yahoo Canada states.

Gay or bisexual men that had engaged in sexual intercourse had higher levels of HIV and syphilis cases in contrast with the other social groups.

Health report also stated that STD’s had been rising among younger social groups, especially in Hispanic and African-American individuals. The report also stated that STD cases have not only risen in Rhode Island and New Jersey, but New York was also showing a lot of cases.

People who already had hookup apps had more choices for a one night stand, something that previously was done in bars, and increases being exposed and infected with STDs, Dr. Jennifer Wu, OBGYN from the Lenox-Hill Hospital explains.

A number of hookup mobile apps such as Tinder, Grindr, OK Cupid, Hinge, and Snapchat have revolutionized dating, making it easier than ever to meet someone. But, such encounters have made promiscuity a norm among teenagers and young adults.

STD’s have been increasing globally, also due to such hookup apps. In 2012, in New Zealand, an app called Grindr, which is mainly used by gay men, were the main culprit for the increasing rates of syphilis and gonorrhea.

Rosemary Reilly-Chamma, of the Rhode Island Department of Education, stated in a press release that the new statistics show how important it is for young people to start consulting with a doctor, nurse, or medical professional before becoming sexually active and after becoming sexually active, especially if they have an STD or use hookup apps.