“Social media possible factor in rise of sexually transmitted diseases”
“Mirroring a national trend, the rate of sexually transmitted diseases [STDs] is increasing in Washington state, and social media might be one of the factors by enabling more anonymous sex.
“The rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have risen over the last few years in Washington. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD, with the rates highest among 20- to 24-year-old women.
“In 2018, Washington ranked 14th in the nation in the number of syphilis cases at 11 per 100,000 in population — equal to the national rate. The total number of cases was 802.
“The many possible causes for increases in STDs include improved testing and reporting of cases, changes in the organisms and in behavior, including connecting with partners via social media, said Edie Jeffers, spokeswoman for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department,” by James Drew, The Olympian. Read more