The health of one Canadian province has taken a hit after the public health authorities have declared that New Brunswick has a provincial gonorrhea outbreak. While the number of gonorrhea cases continues to rise in New Brunswick, local authorities are saying that online dating apps are to blame. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STI in the country.
The chief medical officer of health, Dr Jennifer Russell told CTV News that 96 gonorrhea cases were reported last year alone and that anonymous sex may be the main factor in allowing this infection to spread across the province.
The culture of anonymous sex without protection that Dr Russell is referring to might be one of the leading factors in the increase of gonorrhea not only within New Brunswick but also the rest of the nation.
Around 19,800 cases of gonorrhea were recorded throughout Canada in 2015, which was a 65% increase in the number of cases that were present in 2010.
One of the main concerns that Dr Russell has when it comes to dating apps is that it enables anonymous sex which makes it difficult to track infections when they arise.
Of course, this isn't the first time that dating apps have been put into a bad light throughout Canada, and STIs aren't the only risk. Narcity has previously reported on cases of sexual assault that have also occurred due to the use of these social platforms.
In February, Narcity reported on a case in which three Canadian men were arrested after they allegedly date-raped women they met through dating apps.
In that case, three separate complaints were received by police after women met one of the men on either Tinder or Bumble. Once arriving at their date, they would drink an alcoholic beverage which contained the date-rape drug which would make the women extremely intoxicated and even paralyzed, before three men would sexually assault the women.
These three men were later caught and charged with sexual assault.
As for the spread of diseases, experts warn Canadians to use protection and get checked for STI's regularly as untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead lead to a pelvic inflammatory disease in women that can affect fertility.
So make sure to be smart and stay safe while using dating apps!