UK health officials suggest that dating apps are the reason cases for sexually-transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea are rising.
Despite the 0.3 percent drop since 2016 in the number of STI infections, the Public Health England has seen a 22 percent increase (44,676) in the number of gonorrhea cases – the highest since the mid-1950s.
also saw a rise in syphilis, which could cause life-threatening and
serious damage to the brain, nervous system and heart. There was a 20
percent increase from 2016 to 2017 from 5,955 to 7,137.
Head of the STI Department Gwenda Hughes said STI is serious health
consequence and is usually due to condomless sex. She said these apps
allow people to find their partners in rapid numbers. Hughes said
STIs are problematic for both future and current partners. The impact
on the infected could be significant, causing PID and infertility. An
infected pregnant woman could endanger the life of her baby.
said the best defense against an STI is to always and correctly use a
condom. People at risk are urged to get tested regularly to get
diagnosed and start treatment right away.
also suggest it’s not just the practice of unsafe sex and dating
apps leading to the rise in STI numbers. They also blame the
government’s cuts to sexual health service as another reason.
Association for Sexual Health and HIV President Dr. Olwen Williams
said the major rise in both gonorrhea and syphilis should be
concerning to the government, making them realize the need for easily
accessible sexual health service for anyone who needs them. He said
more sex health clinics are closing down because they can’t afford
to stay in operation, which leaves patients in a bind to find
affordable health care.
report shows that 72 out of 151 England councils would cut sex health
funding for the 2018-2019 year.
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Dating is hard enough, as you got to find someone who is geographically and emotionally available – a person who shares similar interests as you and who you find attractive. Couple that with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and it can be really complicated to date.
STDs pose a significant health risk and can even result in threatening your life. Taking steps to protect yourself from contacting an STD is an important part of protecting your health. However, no form of protection is 100% foolproof when it comes to STDs, so periodic testing to make sure that you have not contacted an STD is advisable for those who engage with multiple sexual partners, and is a must, should you develop symptoms that may suggest that you have contacted an STD.