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Study Finds Men Who Use Gay Hook-up Apps Face Higher Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections

New research published in the medical journal Sexually Transmitted Infections suggests smartphone apps like Grindr and Scruff used to find a sexual partner carry higher risks of getting common sexually transmitted infections than meeting online or in bars and clubs.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 11.11.29 AMMedical Xpress reports:

The researchers suggest that smartphone apps make it easier to meet potential partners more quickly than online or more traditional methods, thereby boosting the chances of anonymous riskier encounters, and therefore of picking up a sexually transmitted infection.

They point out that their findings may not be applicable to gay men in other areas or to those not attending a dedicated sexual health clinic.

But they write: "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."

And they add: "Technology is redefining sex on demand," they say. "Prevention programs must learn how to effectively exploit the same technology, and keep pace with changing contemporary risk factors for [sexually transmitted infections] and HIV transmission."

The research found men who used smartphone apps to hook up with other men were 23% more likely to be infected with gonorrhoea and 35% more likely to be infected with chlamydia compared to men who met partners through in-person methods. There was no significant differences in rate of syphilis and HIV infection, regardless of method of contact.  

More on the study HERE

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  1. And in other news, the sky is blue, snow is cold and the sun rises in the east.... sheesh.

    Posted by: Tre | Jun 13, 2014 12:37:38 PM

  2. Duh...

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 13, 2014 12:46:32 PM

  3. Shocking!

    Posted by: Ozu | Jun 13, 2014 12:50:40 PM

  4. Ditto to all above.

    Posted by: Jeffg166 | Jun 13, 2014 12:52:20 PM

  5. @TRE And animals defecate in the woods.

    Posted by: SpicyChinaDoll | Jun 13, 2014 12:59:33 PM

  6. A related study found fire is hot, has potential to burn things

    Posted by: Jmac | Jun 13, 2014 1:02:35 PM

  7. And water is wet. The Pope is Catholic. Etc... Etc...

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 13, 2014 1:03:07 PM

  8. "Shocking!" read no headline in the gay news world

    Posted by: Michael Sawyer | Jun 13, 2014 1:15:23 PM

  9. Who paid for this study? They should get their money back. Their grasp of the obvious is phenomenal.

    Posted by: Burt | Jun 13, 2014 1:17:24 PM

  10. Duh!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 13, 2014 1:20:52 PM

  11. Another badly designed study that confuses correlation with causality. Is it the apps that cause riskier behavior or are the guys that use such apps more prone to riskier behavior? Can't be answered with this study. Move on.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 13, 2014 1:22:02 PM

  12. Wow. I feel so much smarter after reading posts such as this.

    Posted by: Joey in Louisiana | Jun 13, 2014 1:42:26 PM

  13. Speaking of cruising - husband and I had dinner with 65YO gay neighbor who told us back in the 70's/80's Lafayette Park (SF) was the biggest gay hotspot after midnight. So I took a daytime tour. SF has totally remodeled the park spending millions:

    My husband now a Sloshball fanatic: - Sloshball is kickball with a can of beer in your hand.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Jun 13, 2014 1:56:38 PM

  14. It's okay, though. That little truvada pill will fix everything. It's not like STIs will mutate into drug-resistant strains.


    Posted by: Tony | Jun 13, 2014 2:01:10 PM

  15. Rick: "Another badly designed study that confuses correlation with causality. Is it the apps that cause riskier behavior or are the guys that use such apps more prone to riskier behavior? Can't be answered with this study. Move on."

    In this case, does it matter? Whether the app causes the behavior or the behavior is behind the apps success -- the result is the same and so one can say, "Men who use this are likelier to encounter an STD"?

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jun 13, 2014 2:16:53 PM

  16. "Study Finds Men Who Use Gay Hook-up Apps Face Higher Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections" It took a study to find that out? Seems like that would just be common sense. At the end of the day, if you share your "stuff" without asking for the use of protection....that's on you.

    Posted by: Ted | Jun 13, 2014 2:22:22 PM

  17. as compared to what? picking up guys in bars?
    answering roommate needed ads?
    tricking public washrooms?
    cruising the park?
    going to the baths?

    and what are there apps that are less likely to hook you up with STDs?

    Posted by: verbocity eric | Jun 13, 2014 2:24:14 PM

  18. Let me get this straight (pun intended), guys who hook up randomly have a higher risk of getting the clap and god only knows what else. Puhleeze tell me we taxpayers didn't pay for this.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jun 13, 2014 2:37:51 PM

  19. Er, guys, the point of the study is to measure the increased risk. That more hookups per unit time would result in a higher incidence of STDs is a no-brainer. Having quantitative results, however, is useful for public health agencies trying to figure out the best use of funds for prevention programs.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 13, 2014 2:40:45 PM

  20. as someone who uses Grindr to hookup - yes, I'm aware. and it scares me. and I'm safe. however, I've been in long-term monogamous relationship with a guy that started out as a hook-up.

    Posted by: steve | Jun 13, 2014 2:47:23 PM

  21. Not too mention violence. Adam4Adam is notorious here in Vegas for hook ups that turn into robberies.

    Posted by: derekwashington | Jun 13, 2014 2:49:26 PM

  22. Just to play devil's advocate, I don't think everyone would assume a risk difference in hook-up via app vs. hook-up via bar pick-up or hook-up via internet date. All those are sex rendez-vous that may not have a lot of pre-acquaintance. So whether it's the buggier guys who use the apps or the slightly more compacted "screening" process common to app hook-up, it's interesting to know there's a measurable difference in the risk of catching certain STDs. (And perhaps more interesting to know there's no change in risk for other STDs or HIV.)

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 13, 2014 2:53:05 PM

  23. Gay men who use gay hook up apps are also more prone to getting gay bashed, too. Shocking.

    Posted by: will | Jun 13, 2014 3:09:21 PM

  24. I guess sluttiness is not its own reward afterall.

    Posted by: Renly | Jun 13, 2014 3:31:11 PM

  25. That's why you should stick with healthier alternatives, like Manhunt. Duh.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 13, 2014 3:48:05 PM

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