In a recent article, Metro‘s Erin Tiernan explores the potential links between online dating and the rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the USA.
Tiernan looks at a number of studies and some statistics about the rise of STIs and hones in on STI rates in Massachusetts.
Whilst the article does suggest a correlation between the increase in online dating usage and STI diagnoses, it also says there is no proof that dating platforms are a cause.
The article paraphrases Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, saying: “Many factors may contribute to the spread of STDs, including having unprotected sex, having multiple partners, inadequate information about STD prevention.”
Tiernan goes on to suggest that singles should be more open about their sex lives online and discuss the topic more with their matches.
Read the full article here.