Tinder 'to blame for rise in syphilis cases'
The rise in syphilis among millennials could be due to Tinder, according to new research. A report by the Centers for Disease Control has suggested that there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases, which could be due to the dating app.
There has been a spike in STI cases, including gonorrhea and chlamydia. However, it is syphilis that has seen the biggest comeback, with a 19 per cent increase in cases across the US in the last year.
People aged between 15 and 24 were the most affected by this surge in the syph, suggesting that more needs to be done to encourage youngsters to use protection when engaging in any type of sex.
While many people have blamed cuts in public funding for the increase in STIs, with both state and local preventative programs having seen reductions in budgets, others are pointing out possible alternative reasons.
It didn't take long for the finger of blame to pointed at Tinder and other dating sites and apps that make it easier for millennials to engage in casual sex. The "Tinder effect" has been blamed for making casual and anonymous hookups more common, which can result in the spread of STIs if people are not being careful.
Although millennials are actually less likely in general to be having sex in their 20s, with the age of first sexual intercourse also being higher than in recent years, those who are engaging in casual sex are doing so a lot more.
If people are having more sex with more anonymous partners, there is a greater chance of catching something and then passing it on before you've realised that you have an STI. This is particularly true of those who rely on other forms of birth control rather than condoms, as alternative methods offer no protection against STIs.
To prevent yourself catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections, ensure you always use condoms when engaging in intercourse, even if you are using another form of birth control. After all, it's better to be safe than to have syphilis.