UK Doctors Say STI Increase Down To Dating Apps


Doctors have said the rise in dating app use is increasing the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

They say apps such as Tinder and Grindr have facilitated more of a hook-up culture amongst younger generations, leading to an increase in STIs.

Experts at Public Health England say the apps were “enabling ‘hyper-efficient transmission’ of infections”.

Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, told The Daily Mail:

“You don’t have to be a genius to work out that these sorts of apps make having casual sex a damn sight easier.

“Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes.”

Gonorrhoea cases in England have increased 15% between 2012 and 2013, from 25,577 to 29,291.

Syphilis cases have also jumped from 2,981 to 3,249, a 9% increase.

Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK after Chlamydia.

Most of the nearly 30,000 cases affected young men and women under the age of 25.

Syphilis can lead to blindness in extreme cases, however it is one of the less common sexually transmitted diseases.

The dating apps deny that any real evidence exists linking their use to the rise in STIs.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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