(Counsel & Heal) – Phone dating apps used by gay men to find a sexual partner carry a higher risk of getting common sexually transmitted infections than meeting online or in bars and clubs, according to a recent study.
Prior, other researches suggested that gay and bi-curious men who meet online are more likely to indulge in unprotected sex. They also might have more partners than men meeting potential partners in other ways.
However, post 2009, smartphone apps like Grindr and Scruff have become more preferred way to hook up with potential sexual partners. These apps allow registered users to use their smartphone’s GPS to locate and network with other users in vicinity.
Researchers considered around 7000 men who were tested for sexually transmitted infections.