Craigslist personal ads drive HIV spike, study says

February 3, 2015 4:50 PM

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Craigslist personal ads drive HIV spike, study says

This Tuesday, March 5, 2013, photo shows words from text messages and emails sent by people who tried to connect through Craigslist's Missed Connections personals. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Those "personals" ads on Craigslist are bringing more than hot dates to a neighborhood near you. When Craigslist enters a new market, the rate of reported HIV cases in the area jumps 16 percent, according to new research out of the University of Minnesota and published in the journal MIS Quarterly.

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