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Are Dating Apps to Blame for an Increase in STDs?

Smart phone use is so ingrained in our modern lives that it only seems inevitable that we would use them to aid in romantic ventures.

But sexual health experts worldwide worry that the rise in popularity of dating apps like Grindr and Tinder are coupled with a rise in STDs, too.

While there are some mobile applications that aim to stop the spread of STDs, others seem to encourage causal sex encounters that are known to up the risk.

Could smart phone apps have something to do with increasing STD rates? Let’s look over the evidence.

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Stop STDs with one touch… or bump?

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New apps to encourage teens to be smart and avoid contracting (and giving) STDs.

Your smart phone can do just about anything. Remind you of your mom’s birthday. Tell you what song is playing on the radio. Illuminate a dark room through the flashlight app. And in new strides to prevent the spread of STDs among teens:

  • Let your partner see your STD test records to prove you’re STD-free (or not.)
  • Find a condom nearby.

Oh it’s amazing what technology will do.

Read more from PolicyMic: Can iPhones Help Millennials Practice Safer Sex?

Stopping the spread of STDs

While the jury is out on if these apps really will stop the spread of STDs, one thing is very encouraging – at least people are trying. Developers are working to promote public health and stop a growing problem – particularly among our nation’s youth. MedComX is behind the “bump” app where you can exchange STD info with one another. MTV is backing the local condom search.

In a time when STD cases are rising, it’s encouraging to see health tools developed and the number of treatments going up. Public and private funds for STD education, STD testing and STD treatment are helping. For example, in York, PA the Expedited Treatment Partner Program fights the war on  STDs – and it’s working.

Officials said the good news is that it appears more people are being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. – WHTM/ABC 27

How can I do my part to fight STDs?

So what role can you have in fighting STDs? As time goes on, I think even more tools will be accessible to fight off the spread of disease. In the meantime –

  • Promote STD testing (ARCpoint Labs is a great place to go – no insurance needed, confidential results.)
  • Use protected sex (download the app if you need to find a nearby condom store.)
  • Disclose your STD to your partner (if you have one.) Let them take steps to prevent contracting it, too.
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