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The increasing popularity of dating apps on mobile phones has fuelled a surge in cases of sexually transmitted diseases, say doctors.

Tinder and other match-making firms have proved explosively popular, especially among those in their 20s and 30s, providing users with lists of potential sexual partners nearby.

But sexual health experts say ‘hook-up’ apps are leading to rises in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Free services such as Tinder allow users to meet up with like-minded adults to have casual sex

Gonorrhoea cases in England jumped 15 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to official figures, from 25,577 to 29,291. Syphilis cases went up nine per cent, from 2,981 to 3,249.

Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said: ‘You don’t have to be a genius to work out that these sorts of apps make having casual sex a damn sight easier.

‘You can find, down to a metre or two, the nearest available person who is interested. This is something that just hasn’t been available before.’

Chlamydia can cause infertility in women, though most clear it naturally. Gonorrhoea can cause infertility but needs antibiotics to clear it. Doctors are worried by a rise in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea.

Syphilis can lead to blindness, brain damage and even death if left untreated.

 

INFLATE GATE: Tinder Numbers SPIKED during Superbowl

A rep for the popular social app Tinder tells The Hollywood Reporter that swiping activity within 20 miles of Phoenix increased by 50 percent Superbowl Friday

The bad news for Phoenix’s straight male population: According to Tinder, the cards are stacked against them. Friday’s male/female ratio in the city is hovering around 66/34. The overall ratio on the app is closer to 60/40.

The Super Bowl isn’t the first major sporting event to spark a large upsurge in Tinder traffic. Several athletes at the Sochi Olympic Village claimed Tinder use was rampant during the 2014 Winter Games.

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