Hey, there’s nothing wrong with using modern technology to find a date or a mate or just someone to screw around with. But it seems as though people are being more careless when it comes to protecting themselves from diseases.

Take for example Rhode Island. According to the states’s Department of Health, STDs are on the rise and it’s because of apps like Tinder. Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonorrhea cases increased by 30%. STD cases for young adults are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population.

The department blamed the fact that high-risk behavior due to the apps are becoming more prevalent. And that people are using Tinder and the like to arrange for casual hook-ups.

Obviously the people should be to blame, not an app. The app makes people more accessible with each other, but if you want to put your life in jeopardy, that seems to be a personal issue.

But this isn’t the first time a dating app or site has been the blame for the rise in STDs. A 2013 New York University study said that Craigslist was responsible for a 16% increase in HIV cases between 1999 and 2008 across 33 states.

“These new data underscore the importance of encouraging young people to begin talking to a doctor, nurse, or health educator about sexual health,” said Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, a HIV/AIDS sexuality specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education, in a press release.

After you swipe right, make sure you pack protection.

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  • mmmdot

    Um, we’ve had abstinence only education in schools for like 20 years now DESPITE numerous studies showing they don’t work, lol. We ALSO live in a misogynistic society where people get their “sex education” from porn increasingly extreme. Lots of young Americans continue to have ludicrous, juvenile, uninformed, and misogynistic beliefs about sex and just about everything else, lol. Lots of Americans are ALSO living in poverty – a risk factor for STDs. Yea, there are some of irresponsible dummies…but HOW did they get that way? And some people aren’t engaging in risky behavior but have a higher chance of being exposed to STDs anyway.

    If they ever want to fix this issue – which I feel doubtful about – some of the blame for this needs to be laid at the feet of the broken school systems and other social conditions fueling STD rates and unwanted pregnancies. They need to fix it. Period. Blaming it on an app is a cop-out. People need comprehensive sex education and easy and affordable access to birth control and medical care.
    This spike in STDs is just ONE manifestation of a larger problem; the utterly ignorant way America deals with sex, gender, race, poverty, etc.