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# 1 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 16:06
 
 
A research study in LA shows that gay or bisexual men who use dating/hook-up apps have a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. http://press.psprings.co.uk/sti/june/sti051494.pdf

Whether similar results would show else where, the results are still interesting.
The study was with 7,184 men
Those who used these apps were 25% more likely to be infected with gonorrhea and 37% more likely to be infected with chlamydia.

Maybe it's just coincidence or maybe these apps that make hooking-up easier means catching an STI is more likely.
I don't have a dating/hook-up app but have often thought about downloading. And I've been lucky enough to never have caught any STI, touch wood, pun intended
Would something like this put you off using an app or is it just a general hazard. Think i'll add poll
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# 2 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 16:23
 
 
I don't have an App but I use Gaydar and the like and it's all just about being safe; using your head and using a condom. Whether you have sex with someone you met online, through an app, in the BH or in a pub - you just gotta play it safe to minimise the chances of catching anything.
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# 3 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 18:49
 
 
Erm I don't really get it? Or rather it seems a bit obvious... Like if someone was using a take away app they are probably more likely to have eaten chicken kung po... People who buy gardening magazines are more likely to have encountered more slugs... Doesn't seemlike very groundbreaking research...
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# 4 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 20:25
 
 
Is it not a bit different than that though, all the men questioned have sex with men, only some have an app, there was other questions too like drugs
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# 5 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 20:28
 
 
Someone said :
Erm I don't really get it? Or rather it seems a bit obvious... Like if someone was using a take away app they are probably more likely to have eaten chicken kung po... People who buy gardening magazines are more likely to have encountered more slugs... Doesn't seemlike very groundbreaking research...

I suppose the question is who are they compared with. At first glance, I would say there is something of interest if those who hook up through an app get more STIs than those who hook up at a sauna or in a cruising area or at a night club. All are having sex with men, but one group is getting more STIs.

On the other hand if the comparison is with the whole gay male population, which includes those who are celibate and those in monogamous relationships, then your gardeners and slugs comment is valid.
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# 6 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 20:33
 
 
Honestly didn't read it but assumed they were comparing it to all gay/bi men???
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# 7 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 20:57
 
 
No.

Someone said :
Individuals who used GSN apps for meeting sexual partners had greater odds of testing positive for gonorrhoea (OR 1.23; 95% CI 1.04 to 1.46) and for chlamydia (OR: 1.35; 95% CI 1.12 to 1.62) compared to individuals who met partners through in-person methods only. There were no significant differences in syphilis and HIV incidence between those who met partners via in-person venues only, on the internet or through GSN apps

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# 8 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:02
 
 
What exactly do they mean by "in person"??
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# 9 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:03
 
 
Someone said :
What exactly do they mean by "in person"??

Face to face
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# 10 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:04
 
 
Someone said :
What exactly do they mean by "in person"??

Oh that old fashioned thing that some people do in night clubs and gay bars.
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# 11 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:04
 
 
Also did they take into account the success rate of either method or just compare app usage to non usage????
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# 12 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:06
 
 
Someone said :
Also did they take into account the success rate of either method or just compare app usage to non usage????

You looking for a personal reader now?
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# 13 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:06
 
 
Someone said :

Oh that old fashioned thing that some people do in night clubs and gay bars.

I was wondering did they include saunas. I imagine if it were apps VS saunas the rate would be the same, if it were apps Vs just nightclubs the rate would be higher and if it were apps Vs saunas and nightclubs it would be higher but not as high...
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# 14 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:21
 
 
Someone said :
Also did they take into account the success rate of either method or just compare app usage to non usage????

The sample was over 7,000 HIV negative MSM who attended two STI clinics in Los Angeles over an 18-month period.

The researchers were not looking at success rates for meeting people. Their question was: of those who shore up and test positive for a set of STIs, are there differences in the rates of being positive for one or more of the STIs based on how they meet partners.

The study considers those who meet via app only, in person only, through a classified advert only, or through different combinations of those three.
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# 15 : Sunday 15-6-2014 @ 21:25
 
 
Someone said :

I was wondering did they include saunas. I imagine if it were apps VS saunas the rate would be the same, if it were apps Vs just nightclubs the rate would be higher and if it were apps Vs saunas and nightclubs it would be higher but not as high...

"In-person communication modes include bar/club, street, private sex party, bathhouse, gym, circuit parties."
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