High-risk behaviors include using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol," The Rhode Island Department of Health reported.
As dating sites such as OK Cupid and Tinder continue to rise in popularity, some health officials are attributing this to an increase in new cases of STDs.
Rhode Island is one state where a higher than average number of people have been diagnosed with an STD, between 20.
Homosexual men were found to have the highest risk of contracting syphilis, which accounted for almost 75 percent of the newly reported cases.
"The increase has been attributed to better testing by providers and to high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years.
Conduct a simple web search for “STI dating sites” (or more generally known as STD for sexually transmitted disease), and you'll find dozens and dozens of online dating options for people suffering from herpes, hepatitis, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV, to name a few.
It sounds like a reasonable idea as people who suffer from these diseases are often reluctant to disclose the infection to a new partner, and if you know your partner already has one too, there is less shame involved in the disclosure and the relationship can get off on a more equal footing.