According to Hawaiian officials, sexually transmitted diseases were increasing and reached highest in numbers reported in decades. This increase in number is because of the growing prevalence of online dating. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this Sunday that cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis had increased significantly in the state. As per the Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Branch of the state, these three infections were at their highest rates in about thirty years.
Hawaiian health officials noted 7,732 cases of chlamydia last year in 2018, up from 5,972 cases in the year 2008. Gonorrhea almost doubled over the decade, from 611 to 1,496 cases. Also, officials said that for Syphilis infections that were just 38 cases a decade ago, increased to 180 cases. According to officials the reason behind this prevalence might be because more relations with many more people are made rapidly because of online dating applications. Gerald Hasty, who is a program coordinator for the harm reduction branch of the state, said that as people these days rely on digital means for making connections, this can lead to situations where they might be more exposed to the infection, and they didn’t even know about that. He further said that more partners increase chances for more infections.
According to the report, there is considerable decreasing dependence on condoms for protection against getting or spreading of STDs. The officials said Hawaiian figures resemble the national rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis infections. These rates have risen for the fifth year in a row. Officials added that although the increase is not desirable, but the fact is also not unexpected. These infections do not create any trouble or distinct early symptoms. Hence those who are infected have absolutely no idea of having it. Further lack of routine screenings or regular screenings contributes to increasing rates.