According to some doctors, the popularity of dating apps has led to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).

Tinder and other apps, easily accessible with a hand-held smartphone, have soared in popularity, especially among people in their 20’s and 30’s. As a result, the apps facilitate a so-called “hook-up” culture, enabling easy access to sexual partners.

However, sexual health experts warn that the apps lead to an increase in promiscuity, which in turn leads to an increase in STD’s.

In England, Gonorrhea cases went up by 15% between 2012 and 2013, from 25,577 cases to 29,291 cases. Syphilis cases increased by 9%, from 2,981 to 3,249.

“You don’t have to be a genius to work out that these sorts of apps make having casual sex a damn sight easier,” said Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. “You can find, down to a meter or two, the nearest available person who is interested. This is something that just hasn’t been available before.”

Tinder has millions of users. People are easily able to show their interest in someone whose profile is on the app by “swiping” the screen to the right. The app also offers other advantages to people looking for a tryst, such as spontaneity and discretion.

However, critics claim that Tinder is making casual sex mainstream.

Another app, called Grindr, is popular among gay men. It’s also used to facilitate hookups.

“Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes,” Greenhouse said.

Chlamydia can cause infertility in women. It can also called an ectopic pregnancy, when a fertilized egg gets stuck in the fallopian tube. In that case, the baby has no chance of survival and the mother’s life is in danger.

Experts at Public Health England discovered that dating apps had a role in six outbreaks of syphilis across the UK since 2012. According to Dr. Ian Simms, the participants were enabling “hyper-efficient transmission” of the infectious disease.

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