Are Hook Up Apps to Blame For Rise in STDs?

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A new report from the Rhode Island Department of Health links an uptick in STD cases to the use of social media hook up apps such as Tinder.

According to the report, the number of infectious syphilis cases increased by 79%, gonorrhea cases increased by 30% and the number of newly-identified HIV cases increased by nearly 33%. The researchers linked these increases to “high-risk behaviors include using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

The increase in Rhode Island follows a national trend according to the report.

When using Tinder, don’t forget to practice safe sex.

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Proposed North Carolina Law Forces Teens to Get Notarized Parental Consent for STD Testing

A proposed law moving through the North Carolina legislature requires teens to get notarized parental consent to access certain health services, specifically testing and treatment for STDs, pregnancy, mental health, and substance abuse.

Proponents say the law restores and supports lines of communication within families, and prevents problematic behavior from being repeated by involving parents.

But opponents say the law doesn’t account for less-than-ideal, abusive familial situations where there aren’t healthy lines of communication. The bill could dissuade young people from seeking the help they need.