Swipe Right, Stay Safe: STD Precautions with Dating Apps
Ever thought that while you’re swiping right for Mr. or Ms. Right, you might also be swiping right for something a little less… romantic? Welcome to the digital age of dating, where Cupid’s arrow might come with a tiny disclaimer – Sexually Transmitted Infections & Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
The Swipe Surge and STI Spike
As dating apps gain popularity, there’s a shadow following closely behind: a rise in STI/STD rates. Research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has shed light on some alarming trends. A study published in 2021 highlighted that individuals frequenting dating apps tend to have a higher number of partners, which inherently increases the risk of contracting STIs. This is further corroborated by another study that emphasized the spontaneous nature of encounters facilitated by these apps, often sidelining the essential safety precautions. Furthermore, a comprehensive review in 2017 delved into the broader implications of online dating, suggesting that while these platforms have revolutionized interpersonal relationships, they’ve also inadvertently paved the way for a surge in STI/STD rates.
Tips for Safe Online Dating
- Know Your Partner: Before diving into the deep end, take some time to chat and get to know your potential partner. It’s not just about their favorite color or Netflix series; ask about their health too. It might be awkward at first, but it’s essential for both your safety.
- Use Protection: This isn’t just about keeping your phone from getting viruses! Always use protection during intimate encounters.
- Get Tested Regularly: If you’re active on the dating scene, regular STI/STD testing is a must. Knowledge is power, and knowing your status empowers you to make safe choices. You wouldn’t want to wait until it’s too late. Hisential offers PEP/PREP (Pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis) in all our clinics. Make the smart choice, contact us today to discuss your options.
- Educate Yourself: Stay updated on the latest. The more you know, the better decisions you’ll make. (pssst, we update our blog articles weekly)
Swipe Right to Hisential Clinic
If you have had 2 or more partners, it might be time to swipe right into our clinic. At Hisential, we offer comprehensive STD testing and counseling services tailored for the modern dater. Our team of experts is here to guide you, answer your questions, and ensure you’re making the best choices for your health.
So, before you dive back into the dating pool, take a pit stop at Hisential.
Stay safe, stay informed, and happy swiping!
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