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Tracking and controlling transmission are already tricky since the disease manifests as a small painless lesion about a month after exposure.Nicknamed the “The Great Pretender,” it can cause a head-scratching constellation of symptoms or none at all, depending on the stage.That same section also features a link to a “Sexual Health FAQ” page where the user can learn more about HIV, getting tested and related topics.Grindr for Equality, the app’s health and social justice arm, partners with a network of LGBTQ community centers called Center Link to offer free ad space to small, rural community centers that offer health services in places where there may be few alternatives, according to Director of Grindr for Equality Jack Harrison-Quintana.According to the CDC, men who have sex with men accounted for 14,229 out of 23,872 (59.6%) cases of primary and secondary syphilis — the most infectious stages of the disease — in 2015.
Infection rates are the highest they have been in 20 years, said David Harvey, the executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.
It is important for dating apps to promote STD awareness and prevention, says Philip Chan, the director of the HIV/STD Testing and Prevention Services at the Miriam Hospital Immunology Center in Rhode Island.
Gay dating apps in particular are starting to do more of this, he said.“The majority of (syphilis) cases are among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” Chan said.
Bolan said she is particularly concerned about syphilis: It was almost eliminated a decade ago, she said, but “now it is rising with all populations — men, women and newborns, and we are seeing these increases in every region of the country.” “We need to improve our screening and treatment,” she said.
“And we need our communities to realize syphilis is back.
people they were with in the past 90 days, they could find the people.”Now, she said, “it’s very difficult to contact the partners, because many partners are anonymous.” People don't know their sex partners as intimately as they once did; they may be individuals they know mostly through a profile photo and short blurb.