The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV are calling for dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr to push the responsibilities of safe sex, after revealing dating apps are responsible for the recent rise in STD’s…
In this day and age, meeting somebody online is not uncommon. With a nation glued to their phones, more and more couples are meeting on their phones before real life interaction.
That’s because the popularity with sites such as Tinder has grown over the past few years.
But whilst Tinder is aimed at allowing people to meet and date, a lot of people use the app just for a quick hook up. Because of this, it’s believed that the increase of STI’s and the ‘explosion of HIV’ are down to quick hook ups.
Dr Peter Greenhouse told BBC Newsbeat:
You are able to turn over partners more quickly with a dating app and the quicker you change partners the more likely you are to get infections. If enough people change partners quickly, and they’ve got other untreated sexually transmitted infections, it might just start an explosion of HIV in the heterosexual population. Apps could do that.
Latest figures from Public Health England show a 33% increase in Syphilis, and a 19% raise in Gonorrhoea.
Marie Cosnard, the head of trends at dating app Happn, believes other factors are to blame, too.
Dating apps are following wider social trends and changing behaviours that have been unfolding for decades. There’s a liberalisation of attitudes towards the number of partners, the status of relationships, towards marriage, divorce, etc. So the rise of any STI is not really connected to dating apps themselves. The problem is much wider. People need to be more educated in terms of sexual health and to take their responsibilities, no matter how and where they’ve met their partner.
There’s a number of 2 dating apps launched every week, and up to 40% of relationships now start online.
However, it has not been proven that rise in STD’s are because of the use of apps.
Common sense and safe sex, guys. Remember it.