Online Dating Apps Could Be Linked To STIs Rise Across Melbourne

Calls for greater STI awareness

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Increased cases of the sexually transmitted infections syphilis and gonorrhoea across Melbourne may be partly related to the increased use of dating apps.

Preliminary data from Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic (MSHC) has reported a 30 per cent jump in cases of gonorrhoea since 2015, the ABC reports.

Around 2,200 people were reportedly diagnosed with the STI in 2017, up from 1,719 cases in 2016.

And while syphilis was almost completely stamped out across Victoria in the early noughties, the MSHC data revealed more than 350 reported cases in 2016.

MSCH Medical Services Manager Marcus Chen said the increased diagnosis of the STIs among heterosexual men and women was due to “multiple factors at play”.

"It's actually difficult to know what's driving this, there's probably multiple factors at play," he said.

"There may be changes in sexual risk, there may be changes in sexual networks and as we know a lot of people are now meeting online."

Mr Chen has urged people who are sexually active to ensure they are regularly screening for STIs.

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