Experts have blamed a shocking rise in people getting gonorrhoea on dating apps like Tinder. Australia has seen a huge leap in the number of cases reported, recording a 63% jump in the last five years alone.
According to the Kirby Institute, a medical research organisation affiliated with the University of New South Wales, there were 23,887 new diagnoses in 2016. The highest rates were in males aged 25-29 and 20-24 while it is most prevalent in women aged 20-24 and 15-19, the report adds. Millions of Australians use online dating apps, such as eHarmony and RSVP, and around more than three million in the country are using Tinder regularly.
Sexual health campaigner Dr Wendell Rosevear told news.com.au that people are now looking for a ‘meals on wheels, home delivery’ style interaction. He said: ‘In the past people might go out and have a conversation or a drink in the club and then go home but now people would perhaps want what I call meals on wheels, home delivery where you maybe seek sex within five minutes.
‘If its not available within five minutes many people people don’t want it and many people specifically don’t want safe sex. ‘So we’re getting some new dynamics happening with some people having between one and up to 10 partners a day. Chlamydia was the most commonly diagnosed STI in Australia with 71,751 new cases in 2016, with it occurring the most in the 20-24 age group.
The report adds that the number of HIV diagnoses has ‘remained stable’ over the past five years but that syphilis saw a jump of 107%. Females represented the biggest leap in the number of new syphilis cases, with the study reporting a whopping 157% increase. Medics saw an increase of 103% in males. The report says the ‘vast majority’ of chlamydia infections in young people ‘remain undiagnosed and untreated, highlighting the need for testing to be routinely offered to sexually active adolescents and young adults’. Tinder has been contacted for comment.