Hawaii STDs online dating, officials blame online dating for sudden rise (Reports).
Over the past several decades, rates of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Hawaii have jumped — and officials say it’s linked to online dating.
The Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Services Branch in Hawaii said all three diseases were at or near a peak for the last 30 years, with 7,732 cases of chlamydia being reported in 2018, 1,496 cases of gonorrhea, and 180 cases of syphilis, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. This accounted for increases of approximately 29.5%, 144.8% and 343.7% in the respective diseases over 2008.
“As people rely on digital means of making connections, it can lead to circumstances where they might be more exposed to infection without them knowing it,” Gerald Hasty, program coordinator for the state harm reduction branch told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “More partners, more chances to get infections.”
Officials noted that more connections are made with people who make use of online dating, and said the increase in STD rates is “not desirable, but it’s also not unexpected.”
The state report echoes a report from the CDC released last week, which found that rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reached an all-time high in the U.S.