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Study: Gay Or Bisexual Men Who Use Apps To Find Partners Have Higher Risk Of STD

A new study from the Los Angeles LGBT Center released Thursday finds that gay and bisexual men who use smartphone apps such as Scruff, Grindr, etc. have a higher risk of contracting common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

From the release:

Research authors (Matthew R. Beymer, Robert K. Bolan, Linda B. Bourque, Donald E. Morisky, Ellen T. Rudy and Robert E. Weiss) wanted to discover whether these apps altered men’s behaviors and infection risks. They collected data from HIV-negative gay/bisexual men who sought services from the Center’s dedicated sexual health clinic from 2011 to 2013.
 
7,184 men were tested for STI and provided information about their recreational drug use and social networking methods to find potential sexual partners. One-third (34 percent) of the respondents met sexual partners in person only; a slightly smaller proportion (30 percent) used a combination of person-to-person or online dating; and a slightly larger proportion (36 percent) used smartphone apps and/or a combination of previously mentioned methods.
 
According to the authors, smartphone apps were favored by younger, well-educated men under the age of 40 and by men of white or Asian ethnic backgrounds. App users were also more likely to use recreational drugs, including cocaine and Ecstasy.
 
Their analysis further showed that men who used smartphone apps to meet other men for sex were more likely to have common STI than those who met their partners in clubs and bars. They were 25 percent more likely to be infected with gonorrhea and 37 percent more likely to be infected with chlamydia. However, there was no difference in their likelihood of infection with either HIV or syphilis.
 
The authors suggest that smartphone apps make it easier to meet potential partners more quickly than online or traditional methods; thereby, boosting the chances of anonymous and riskier encounters, and of contracting STI. Additionally, they point out their findings may not be applicable to gay/bisexual men in other areas or to those not attending a dedicated sexual health clinic.

 

“Technological advances which improve the efficiency of meeting anonymous sexual partners may have the unintended effect of creating networks of individuals where users may be more likely to have sexually transmissible infections than other, relatively less efficient social networking methods,” they write. “Technology is redefining sex on demand; prevention programs must learn how to effectively exploit the same technology, and keep pace with changing contemporary risk factors for STI and HIV transmission.”

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A new study shows that people that have GRINDR on their phone are more likely to hookup with someone online than with people who do not have the App. 

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Yep! Been fuckin like a rabbit for years raw, NO std until i met this hot chick who seemed desperate oddly for cock, i gave it to her raw as usual, 2 days later a burning runny mess.

found her workplace at tha mall, knocked her fromt eye tooth outta her worthless cunt face.

Bet a FAG gave this STD to her.

Lucky To Be Alive, whether people ask about status or not has absolutely nothing to do with transmitting gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis.  As Christopher pointed out, there's a sure-fire way to protect oneself aginst the transmission of an STI,  Asking someone's status presumes the other person knows whether he has gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis.  And even if he does know, do you truly believe he's going to tell you anything other than that he's disease-free?

The only thing this study proves is that even if people were regularly tested and treated for STIs, even if partners asked about health status, the ease, rapidity and frequency of hooking up is a challenge for modern medicine outside of using a condom.  By the time someone knows he has gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis, he's already hooked up with who knows how many people who have then hooked up with who knows how many people and so on.  Then there's the question of refraining from sex while the medications do their work.

I can just see that conversation now.  I don't have any sexually transmissible infections.  How about you?  Well, I had syphilis a couple weeks ago, but I've gotten my shot and taken my pills so I should be fine now.

Never gonna happen.  Wear a rubber and whether your partner is a slut or gets laid every third harvest moon won't make a bit of difference.

This should be totally obvious to anyone with a luck of common sense. Guys that use these apps are more sexually active, probably with more partners. There's really no new news here

This is exactly what I was thinking.

Wow shocking... News! Wish I had known earlier. 

Straight folks have their own apps now too for this! Wonder if they get STI risk too? Of course not because God is ok with casual app. sex between a man and a woman... hey! It says so in the bible! (lol)

So, where should I go?

The thought of disease and/or heartbreak scares me into staying in the closet. I sort of know two people, at least from what I see on Facebook.

..............if you don't' wear a condom your at a high risk.. Apps or no apps. bathhouse or no bathhouse..Gay bars no gay bars.... 

Obviously! This is very dangerous and sad at the same time

yeah, I thought this was pretty obvious too

I met my husband on an app. We are disease free. But I see the behavior and there have been times I could have met up with 10 or more guys in a day and no one was asking about status.

And the world collectively said, "no shit."

..and now science said so.

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