For instance, epidemiologists have documented a rise in sex without condoms among men who have sex with men.
“Because these are closed pools of people in limited geographies [using dating apps], it means that infections can spread more easily,” he said.
“That’s why we call apps a ‘digital bathhouse.’” That’s also why public health officials are so eager to work with apps, to get them to add warnings and sexual health messages where users are convening — on the apps themselves.
“If you’re going to hook up, protect yourself and your partner ...
making that hip and cool is something the apps could help with a great deal,” said Weinstein.
In 2015, health officials in Rhode Island released data showing a dramatic spike in cases of syphilis (79 percent), gonorrhea (30 percent), and HIV (33 percent) in the previous year.