Community Health, Youth Voices
Public health officials are urging caution when it comes to online dating, pointing out a recent increase in sexually transmitted infections among young people who meet their partners through mobile apps. In Long Beach, the rate of chlamydia increased by six percent and syphilis by 11 percent since 2013. “What we’ve been able to find is that with the increase in the number of dating apps there is a correlation with hookups and an increase in syphilis. They don’t realize that syphilis is easier to transmit than HIV and that you can get infected by oral contact.” Get the full story on Voicewaves.