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Apps increase STD risk

Ga y and bisexual men who use smartphone apps to meet other men for sex are at an increased risk of some se xually transmitted infections, reports [s]Health24[/s]. Researchers say men who used the apps were more likely to be diagnosed with gonor rhoea and Chlamydia than men who met potential partners in other ways. Matthew Beymer, the study's lead author and an epidemiologist at the [b]Los Angeles LGBT Centre[/b] said that apps such as Grindr and SCRUFF have become increasingly popular among members of the g ay and bisexual community since their introduction in 2009. ‘We want to make people aware of the risks and benefits with any new technology,’ Beymer said. ‘We just want [them] to love safely and love carefully.’

[link url=http://www.health24.com/Medical/Diseases/Apps-for-gay-and-bi-men-tied-to-STI-risk-20140613]Full Health24 report[/link]
[link url=http://sti.bmj.com/content/early/2014/05/05/s%20extrans-2013-051494.short?g=w_sti_ahead_tab]STI abstract[/link]

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