A few days ago, the CDC issued a worrying new bulletin that revealed that STD rates were skyrocketing across the United States. Cases of gonorrhea and syphilis have reached levels not seen in decades, and chlamydia is currently at its peak. This is bad news, and it is understandable that health officials want to get to the bottom of these worrying numbers as soon as possible.
So what could possibly lead to many new STD cases? Every state is doing its best to deal with the astonishing rise in STDs, but Hawaii's health department is one of the first to come out and say what everyone already thinks: connecting apps are to blame.
It's no secret that apps like Tinder have made it easier and easier to create long-term relationships and participate in short-term loops. This, combined with the increasingly anonymous nature of affiliations among 20-somethings, is at the heart of the latest STD spikes, according to health inspectors.
"When people rely on digital means to make connections, it can lead to circumstances where they may be more susceptible to infection without them knowing it," explains Gerald Hasty of Hawaii's DOH Harm Reduction Services branch. , more chances of getting infections. ”
Adding to the dramatic increase in STD cases is the fact that the diseases that see large increases do not always produce immediate symptoms, making some believe they are completely healthy but are in fact spreading. This should be a great motivator for individuals with multiple sexual partners to get regular screenings for STDs and use protection in any case, unfortunately, as the statistics indicate, it does not happen.