Could Dating Apps Be Linked to More STD Cases?
OMAHA (FOX42KPTM) -- With just one swipe, you could be increasing your chances of catching a STD. In Douglas County, more than 4,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have been reported. Some experts are blaming social media apps like Tinder for the high number. "Tinder is more known to be a hookup site." Age, location are just some of the common profile information for dating apps like Tinder, but your health status? Not so much. "Just going on an app like tinder where nobody's screened them." That's why some health experts are blaming these dating apps for the rise in sexual transmitted diseases cases across the country. They say people are using social media for casual hookups which puts them more at risk for STD's. "I wouldn't recommend somebody ask if they have a STD on the first date," said Courtney Quinlan who runs a matchmaking service. Whether you use a dating app or a matchmaker to meet people, Courtney Quinlan says sexual health is a touchy topic. "It's just an extremely personal question and I don't think that everyone would answer honestly as well so you can't really be 100 percent certain," said Quinlan. Quinlan runs Omaha Love, which is a local matchmaking service. She says even some of her clients have their worries. "People have asked us in the past is this something you guys test for," said Quinlan. Quinlan says most online dating sites or matchmaking services don't do STD screenings. "A lot of people would feel like it violates their confidentiality and I don't think that someone who has an STD would want that known," said Quinlan. According to the Douglas County Health department, STD cases are growing. The most common case is chlamydia. So now some are wondering if apps and websites should ask if you have a STD. "Would some people like that to happen, yea but in actuality I don't see foresee a lot of matchmaking services, dating services doing that kind of thing in the future," said Quinlan. Workers at the Douglas County Health department say STD cases are rising locally, but they can't blame dating apps. They say when those cases are reported no one knows how people got infected or how they met the person they may have been infected by. This isn't the first time health experts have blamed dating apps for the rise in STDs. A 2013 New York University study found Craigslist was responsible for a spike in HIV cases between 1999 and 2008.