Yet despite all the finger-pointing at these social media dating tools, some researchers say there just hasn't been enough research done to prove a link between these apps and the rise of sexually transmitted infections.
"It's very easy for policy-makers and other public health officials to make these broad statements about the apps being the reason that STIs are spiking," said Ian Holloway, assistant professor of social welfare at UCLA who has done research into these issues. "We don't know if apps are driving these epidemiological trends." The apps obviously facilitate meeting, he said, and for those interested in having sex with a lot of people, they would be a logical place to look.
"Our clinicians have told us loud and clear that they are hearing from patients that social media has enabled easier and more frequent casual hookups," Dr.
Gerry Predy, Alberta Health Services medical officer of health, said in a statement to CBC News.
On Tuesday, Alberta health officials revealed they recorded 3,400 cases of gonorrhea in 2015, up 80 per cent from 2014.
And there were more than 350 cases of infectious syphilis in 2015, doubling the amount of 2014.
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And in his latest report, published in the By delving into the extensive database of patients seen at Columbia Medical Center over 14 years, beginning in 2000, Tatonetti and his team did a first-of-its kind look at whether birth month has anything to do with disease risk.
It also accelerated the phenomenon of desertifi cation (Figures 90a and b).
The result is an infl ux of farmers who have abandoned their land and moved to large urban centres.
However, there are in-person venues, like bars, where some are also just looking to have sex.
"So there's a big question in my mind about whether these [app] contexts are any more or less risky than those in-person venues," Holloway said.
Chlamydia rates, after falling through most of the 1990s, have jumped 66% since 2000, with more than 87,000 total new cases in 2009.
Following a steady decline in the 1990s, HIV infections also crept up again in the 2000s, while heterosexuals and women specifically made up a burgeoning percentage of new patients, public health agency statistics show.
The per capita rate of new syphilis cases across Canada has soared almost 10-fold since 2000. The phenomenon seems particularly relevant to middle-aged and older people, who appear to be flooding to dating websites, and are generally less apt to practise safe sex, suggest some analysts.
quality=75&strip=all&w=620" /The growing spread of sexually transmitted disease in Canada may be at least partly the result of the Internet dating boom, and the rapid intimacy that can develop before online couples even meet, some public-health experts say.
Some previous studies have looked at the potential connection, but these investigations focused on individual conditions such as asthma and brain conditions, and therefore might have suffered from disease- or population-biases.
Tatonetti found that among 1,688 conditions for which patients were seen, 55 showed a strong relationship with birth month that could not be explained by chance alone.