Sexually transmitted diseases numbers are increased in the U.S., based on health officials. In Hawaii, growth is considered to be associated with online dating.
Aloha State Health officials have reported a significant increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. All three of the infections have been at or close to their highest rates in the 30 years.
In 2018, officials recorded around 7,732 cases of chlamydia, which is more than 5,972 cases since 2008, as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Cases of gonorrhea more than doubled over the past decade from 611 to 1,496 cases. Officials mentioned cases of syphilis infections increased to 180 cases from 38 a decade.
Gerald Hasty informed the news outlet an uptick in infections could be blamed on online dating. He said, being able to meet people via social media or dating apps, making it easier to meet with more people.
“As people depend on digital means of making connections, it can result in circumstances where they could be more exposed to infection without them realizing it,” Hasty mentioned. “More partners, more possibilities to get infections.”
The department’s branch program coordinator stated the rise of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis “isn’t desirable; however, it’s also not unexpected.”
The CDC reported a rise throughout the three most commonly reported STDs between 2017 and 2018, whereby more than 115,000 syphilis cases have been reported, more than 580,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, and a whopping 1.7 million cases of chlamydia have been reported.