County has tripled in the last five years toand that officials expect that number to grow. Follow him on Twitter JamesTMulder. The link between syphilis and online hook-ups goes back even further. Screenshots from the Grindr app.
In Erie County, 86 percent of syphilis cases are in men. This is not the first time online dating has been linked to the rise in STDs. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
While many gay men use the apps for friendships, dating and long-term relationships, a growing number use them for quick hook-ups, and some users are not upfront about their health status.
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Even though these apps promote risky behavior and could make it easier to find a sexual partner, it's up to the user to practice safe sex. She said the apps "are significantly contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted disease.
In Onondaga County , a new rapid screening process has been employed to combat the surge in syphilis after New York state saw a percent increase in cases between and Those symptoms can also go dormant, but can return decades later with more serious consequences.
In , before the advent of Grindr, a Cornell study found a link and websites like Craigslist, where users would look for anonymous encounters if they were passing through an area. The hookup app has a role in the unhealthy consequence of hooking up with multiple partners — STDs.