Geo-Based Social Networking Apps and STI Risk
the MPR take:
Individuals that use geosocial networking applications (GSN apps) for meeting sexual partners are at a greater risk for contracting gonorrhea and chlamydia compared to those that meet partners in-person or on the internet. Data from a sexual health clinic which included 7,184 HIV negative patients comprised of men who have sex with men (MSM) was analyzed; those who used GSN apps to meet sexual partners had a greater risk of testing positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia vs. those who only used in-person social networking methods (15.4% vs. 12.0% for gonorrhea, 12.8% vs. 9.2% for chlamydia). As technology evolves, prevention programs should also adapt to new risk factors like this.
Background: Geosocial networking applications (GSN apps) used for meeting sexual partners have become increasingly popular with men who have sex with men (MSM) since 2009. The current study aimed to determine if self-identified HIV-negative, MSM clinic attendees who used GSN apps have an ...
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