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Gay ‘Hook-Up’ Apps Tied to Higher STD Infection Rates: Study

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Here is the subtitle that accompanies the above headline: “Men who use smartphones to locate new sex partners may be prone to riskier encounters, researchers say.”

It’s not funny, and I apologize for laughing a little when I read them both. I clicked around to see if this was actually a fake post put up by a website like The Onion, but I couldn’t find anything. So, it’s either a real news story or I failed to find otherwise. A lot of news items these days could pass for fake.

Back to our big news…smart phones and STD infection rates collide…it must be 2014. Okay, get this: Robert Preidt reports the following at the MedlinePlus website, which is a “service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health:

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Gay men who use smartphone apps such as Grindr or Scruff to find sexual partners are more likely to acquire certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than if they meet partners in bars or clubs, a new study suggests.

The research was led by Matthew Beymer of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, and included nearly 7,200 local gay and “bi-curious” men. All of the men were tested for STDs and provided information about how they found their sexual partners.

Smartphone apps such as Grindr, Scruff or Recon are designed to make it easier for gay men to meet potential partners more quickly. According to background material provided in the study, Grindr, one of the first gay male “hook-up” apps, garnered 2.5 million new users in 2012, and by 2013 its makers said that Grindr had 6 million users in 192 countries worldwide.

However, the authors of the new study say the use of these technologies may raise the chances of anonymous and risky sexual encounters and the likelihood of getting an STD.

Google “homosexuality” and “promiscuity” and you’ll find a lot of rather entertaining articles decrying the “myth!” of homosexual promiscuity. Yeh, right. Memo to the lying pro-“gay” press: it’s time to crack down on the NIH for their undercutting of your false narrative. Maybe it’s time for some IRS audits of those who run MedlinePlus.

To read the rest of Mr. Preidt’s report, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus.

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