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Tinder to blame for syphilis spike?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a spike in STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis among the 15-24 age group. Syphilis was found to be most prevalent, increasing by 19% in just a year.

The New York Post's expert points to online hookup websites and apps like Tinder or Grindr for the increase in STDs, saying casual sex has never been more accessible.

"The problem with casual, anonymous sex via apps is twofold: You’re more likely to catch something from one out of 100 hookups, and you’re less likely to inform your former partners if you find out you have something. Indeed, you’re unlikely to ever encounter one of them in person ever again," writes the Post's Naomi Schaefer Riley.

Syphilis can be difficult to detect and can remain latent in the body for years if untreated, going on to damage internal organs in its late stages.