It looks like social media and adult hookup apps are one of the high-risk behaviors contributing to new cases of HIV and other STDs increasing in Rhode Island - and possibly in other states.
The department in Rhode Island noted it saw gonorrhea cases increase 30 percent, HIV cases by almost 33 percent, and syphilis cases skyrocketed by 79 percent.
"The increase has been attributed to better testing by providers and to high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years," said the Rhode Island Department of Health. "High-risk behaviors include using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol."
The ease in which adults can find sexual partners using apps, social networking, Craigslist, and other online services - which has been heavily criticized in the past - will remain a long-term issue for health experts. However, trying to place the blame on technology isn't the only issue, as it's up to the participants to make sure they are having safe sex.