Technology & Syphilis

Technological developments have brought us many good things. The invention of vaccines, for example, have led to the elimination of certain diseases (those diseases coming back associated with the non-use of vaccines is for another post). But one would not expect technology to be associated with the increase in the prevalence of a disease. This is actually the case with syphilis and social media apps such as Grindr and Adam4Adam. The latter has made it easier to have anonymous hook-ups, which is thought to contribute to the prevalence of syphilis, at least in certain areas. The association between the two has been undeniable such that the use of social media apps is now considered a risk factor in having syphilis or other sexually transmitted diseases by some health care providers.

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