much easier to date today, thanks to the “hookup culture” that’s
taken hold. The Tinder and Grindr dating apps have made it easier
than ever to find Mr. or Ms. Right Now. However, this also has led to
an increase in the number of STD infections, with rates rising all
over the state of California.
health experts believe there is a connection between the two.
say the rates of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea have grown
significantly in California. In 2017, the diseases hit their highest
rates in 30 years.
instance, over 218,000 chlamydia cases had been reported in 2017 –
the highest rate since 1990. Gonorrhea cases hit 75,000+ in 2017 –
the highest rate since the late 1980s. In 2017, roughly 14,000
syphilis cases were reported – the highest rate since 1987.
number of experts have noted the increase in STD is due to the rise
in the number of dating apps.
County Health Department HIV STD Section Director Nicholas Moss said
cell phones and the Internet have changed people’s lives including
their sex lives. Dating apps have made it easier for people to meet
anonymous sex partners. Numbers are not shared between the two users.
has roughly 27 million members; three million of them are actively
using the site. Tinder has 46 million members with four million of
them being paid subscribers.
Fregoso is a college student at UC Berkeley who said the hookup
culture is a real thing. She said she’s known people who have used
the apps to have a casual encounter. After one date, a friend of
hers was diagnosed with gonorrhea. Since it was transmitted to her,
she reached out to the man who gave it to her who decided to ignore
said dating apps may have led to the increase in STD rates, but they
enable them to educate people on how to make healthy sexual choices.
Health Online Communities director Dan Wohlfeiler said many dating
apps are trying to change the technology so that it can notify people
of possible exposure. Wohlfeiler said the technology affords a
plethora of tools that can be used – that will help people make
is currently creating a platform that retains users’ anonymity but
notifies sexual partners of the exposure to STDs. According to both
technology and medical experts, technology is the key to a problem
it’s contributed to.
Medical professionals encourage people to get tested for STDs every three to six months and to have open communications with their sexual partners.