Thursday, May 19, 2011

Social networking linked to rise in STDs: How health experts blame Facebook for making it easier to find casual sex - 19th May 2011

A rise in sexually transmitted diseases among teens and young adults could be attributed to social networking websites, a report has suggested.

Health experts said a recent spike in STDs in America may be due to users letting their guards down before meeting someone in person.

They also said online social networking can make it easier to move on to multiple partners before learning about their sexual history.

According to Florida's Seminole County Health Department (SCHD), there has been a 200 per cent rise in Syphilis cases within the last year.

Chlamydia, experts say, is also the rise, with three to four million new cases occurring each year.

Comparatively, 50 per cent of all Americans are expected to contract Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives.

One in six Americans, or 16 per cent, have herpes. Ninety per cent, however, are unaware they have it.

Health officials said they are seeing patients ages 14 to 24 most often. Read More