People are turning to their phones to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual arrangements without any STD testing or protection.As a result, STDs among young adults are growing at a much faster rate than the rest of the population; not just in Rhode Island but nationwide as well.While one could argue apps that promote the concept of online dating allow people to find lovers and friends, new research proves the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.People are beginning to care more about doing the deed than protecting themselves from diseases.
The agency noted that the uptick could be sparked by better medical testing and more people having their STDs checked out and reported.
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Sure, it’s simple to whip out Tinder and have casual, unprotected sex with a stranger, but it is so much safer to get STD testing and use protection.
“These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director Designee at HEALTH.