Hookups via Apps (like Grindr and Scruff) increase risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea

A new research study published on June 12 in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections reports men who have sex with men, who use smartphone apps like Grindr and Scruff to find sexual partners, are more likely to become infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea (as compared to men who met in bars or clubs). The research was led by Matthew Beymer of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, and included nearly 7,200 local gay and “bi-curious” men.

The authors of the new study also say the use of these technologies may raise the chances of anonymous and risky sexual encounters and the likelihood of getting an STD.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual testing for syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in men who have sex with men. It’s common to have an STD but have no symptoms at all. You may want to talk to your doctor about getting screened for STDs or click on the link below to find local testing centers.

You can read about the study on the National Institutes of Health Website MedlinePlus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_146798.html).

For information on where to get tested for an STD, you can search by zip code on the CDC Website (http://hivtest.cdc.gov/).

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