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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

In the age of quick sexual hookups, health test results are catching up

In the age of quick sexual hookups, health test results are catching up

In the smartphone age, when romantic hookups happen in a flash, the technology itself has been blamed for an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. In May, Utah and Rhode Island health authorities made headlines by blaming hookup apps for a sharp increase in STDs, including HIV and syphilis, among young people. Whether the apps are to blame likely requires more study, but certainly the mechanisms for finding a sexual partner have changed and accelerated the process. Thus, the idea of accelerating the process of checking one's sexual health is a good idea, though the clinical system for doing that had remained mired in a system as archaic as snail mail. In this day...

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