The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise at an alarming rate.It’s arguable dating apps are a cause, but whether it leads to more sex, anonymous sex or condom-less sex is hard to answer.
A new CDC report shows sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis increased dramatically in 2017.
One of the most delicate dilemmas happens to be sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. In Canada and many other countries around the world, the period between 2013and 2017 saw a significant spike in the number of cases.
Figuring out why familiar names such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis continue to rise has presented a rather difficult burden. After all, exploring the most intimate aspects of an individual’s life is by no means easy.
Perhaps for this reason, one popular theory for the troubles has focused not on individuals, but on their phones. Several apps, such as Tinder and Grindr, have gained popularity over the last few years.
They are designed to facilitate meeting of individuals with similar characteristics. Yet, many utilize the programs to find casual sexual partners.
This specific purpose has led some researchers to believe digital dating may be the underlying reason for the rise in cases.
Overall, the results show Internet dating may have contributed slightly to the rise in Std’s. But they cannot explain the significant rise in infections over the same time period. Other risk factors certainly are involved. Unfortunately, this means having to go even deeper into behaviour to find out what is really leading to the spread.
“All of these STDs can go undiagnosed because you can have the disease and not know it. You may not have symptoms and therefore you don’t go to be tested and then you don’t get treated. They all can have serious outcomes,” said Fox.
Sex is a natural part of relationships, but people need to take precautions to stay healthy, Childs-Roshak said.
People were meeting and hooking up long before the internet and Cranston said the most important thing is communication.
Talk to your partners and try to minimize risk. Seek out information about risk factors, screening clinics and if you can, always wear a condom.
“If people are having sex and taking sexual risks – meaning condom-less sex with a partner or partners – then regular screening is your next best bet,” Cranston said.