Gay "hook-up" apps tied to higher STD infection rates, study finds

June 13, 2014 3:20 PM

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Gay "hook-up" apps tied to higher STD infection rates, study finds

Gay men who use smartphone apps such as Grindr or Scruff to find sexual partners are more likely to acquire certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than if they meet partners in bars or clubs, a new study suggests.

The research was led by Matthew Beymer of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, and included nearly 7,200 local gay and "bi-curious" men. All of the men were tested for STDs and provided information about how they found their sexual partners.

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