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He said while better testing could account for the growing number of new chlamydia cases seen in recent decades, it doesn't account for the explosive growth in syphilis seen in just the last three years."That cannot be explained by better testing and diagnosis," Wiesenfeld said, adding "but [it] certainly can correlate with the use of dating apps." Somehow, despite all of the warnings, Wiesenfeld said, there are still people who fail to practice safe sex.His patients are urged to always do so and to also limit their numbers of sexual partners while making sure to know each one's STD status and get tested themselves.

And while new HIV cases continue to fall, new STD cases continue to rise.Health officials fear these numbers are a result of the increased use of dating apps and greater access to casual sex, although there are skeptics. S., cases of syphilis are up as much as 15 percent since 2013, the CDC reports, with more and more cases like them reported by patients on or actively engaged in the use of dating apps.The young, women and gay men remain the most impacted groups.In Asia, the growing use of mobile dating apps by young gay men is a major factor in a new HIV epidemic among teenagers there.And in Allegheny County, Pa., officials believe dating apps are contributing to a sharp increase in cases of STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis which is up 150 percent since 2009.

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