Dating apps are becoming more popular, and while plenty of people use them to find love, others opt for one-night stands. Apps like Tinder allow users who "match" with one another to skip the small talk and potentially hook up immediately. And if they're over it, they can block the person and never see or hear from them again. This casual dating culture is creating headaches for many military health providers trying to help service members prevent and trace sexually transmitted infections. It also found rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been rising steadily over the last few years. Syphilis affected a smaller amount of troops - a little under 4, who were mostly male. But the rate was 2.
Our survey of 2, year-olds found that 85have used dating apps. The most popular dating app among our respondents was Tinder, with 70having used it, way ahead of Bumble (6%), Grindr (4%), Happn (2%) and Hinge (1%). Of those 2, respondents, 18said they had caught an STI from someone they had met online. Many dating apps continue to ghost health officials and advocacy groups who seek their help fighting the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases the platforms have helped bring about. Many dating app creators argue they promote safe sex while others show the STI (sexually transmitted infection) status of users. But Dr Greenhouse says apps are potentially dangerous to users.
Gonorrhea is also becoming more resistant to certain treatments. The study did not look at HIV, but health officials said rates have been relatively stable and could potentially decrease in the future now that the military is making pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP medication more widely available for troops.
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Everyone in the military receives at least some STI prevention training. But Elizabeth McGee said she didn't feel the training she went through was effective.
Fort Bragg is among the bases trying to make training better connect with young troops. Rather than just handing out brochures or showing PowerPoint presentations, health workers there are doing things like playing "STI Jeopardy" with troops to get them more involved in the learning process. While providers say they can't stop service members from using dating apps, they can help people get tested and encourage them to swipe responsibly.
Nov 07, Dating apps are becoming more popular, and while plenty of people use them to find love, others opt for one-night stands. Apps like Tinder allow users who Author: American Homefront Project. Jun 08, Dating apps and STDs: a million new sexually transmitted infections a day, WHO warns Condom use may be declining because people have lost their fear of getting HIV, while dating apps make sex more. So are dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Grindr to blame for rapidly rising sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates? Sexual health experts say there is a link, but not for the reasons you.
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It's one way health officials are trying to make STI prevention training more relatable for young troops. Our lives have changed She Was One Of the First. Celebrate Summerfest! There are specialist apps for threesomes, swingers, religious groups, affairs and even ones that reveal your STI status before you meet.
There are other factors that can affect STI figures and it's widely acknowledged that better and easier testing is providing more accurate results. For some STIs, people are now more willing to be tested due to same-day tests and less invasive procedures.
The testing procedure for chlamydia has moved from a painful swab of the urethra to a painless urine test. Northern Ireland saw similar rises to England with gonorrhoea and there were rises in herpes and warts.
The latest figures show a rise in syphilis outbreaks in Wales. Newsbeat Navigation.
But Dr Greenhouse says apps are potentially dangerous to users' sexual health. Image caption Dr Peter Greenhouse.
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