Hawaii Officials Hold Online Dating Liable for the Sudden Rise of STDs Across U.S.

by Helen Gonzales
Hawaii Officials Hold Online Dating Liable for the Sudden Rise of STDs Across U.S.

The epidemic of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) continues to spread across the US. As per health officials, online dating seems liable for the increased number of cases across the county and Hawaii. Even more, Aloha State health executives have announced a significant rise in three STDs, namely, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The state Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch has revealed shocking news. As per the agency, the trio infections are about to reach all-time high rates in about three decades. From 2008 to 2018, there were up to 5,972 cases of chlamydia cases. But from last year, officials have reported more than 7,000 chlamydia cases. Apart from this, the number of gonorrhea patients has reached 1,496 from 611 in the past ten years. Executives have also noted a significant rise in people infected by syphilis. The figure has risen from 38 to 180 for a decade.

Thus the U.S. CDC has announced that the combined cases of the three STDs have reached the highest peak ever. As per the American health agency, these STDs have affected more than 2.4 million people in the previous year. Notably, the figure includes a shocking rise in congenital syphilis. It is a condition when the disease passes from an infected mother to the baby in the womb. The CDC said half of the STD-affected people have age between 15-24. The sudden rise in STD rates has also affected men who have sexual relationships with men.

The Harm Reduction Service Branch’s official Gerald Hasty said online dating seem liable for a rise in these sexually transmitted diseases. He noted these online dating or social media apps enable people to meet more people. Even more, these channels ease people to make relations with each other. Hasty said nowadays people depend on digital ways to make friends, but it can result in conditions where they might be revealed to infection without the knowledge.

The executive noted; thus, there are more friends and more exposure to infections. He said most often; affected people do not have an idea of the virus. Many times people are unable to notice primary symptoms as they do not show up in the beginning. Hasty also said that they had seen a decreased dependence on STD-protective measures like condoms, which has contributed to spreading STDs. The health official has also blamed the lack of routine check-ups for the increased number of cases in Hawaii.

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