Facebook gives you syphillis?

Just forwarded to me by a friend:

Facebook gives you the clap: Official

The sharp rise in syphilis cases in Teesside has been partially attributed to social networking sites which incautious locals are trawling in search of casual sex.

According to the local Evening Gazette, the number of reported cases jumped to 30 last year, up from less than 10 in 2008. Professor Peter Kelly, executive director of public health for NHS Tees, said that “reports from doctors and nurses diagnosing and treating patients suggest some sufferers are using social networking sites to find and arrange meetings with new lovers”.

He added: “Unprotected sex, especially with casual partners, is the biggest risk for syphilis. Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. It is important that people avoid high risk sexual behaviours and practise safe sex to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.”

I know there’s been a lot of sex on Facebook; all the friend invites I got on Facebook were from women promoting their adult websites. I just find it surprising that people hooking up on Facebook (or other social websites) would think that the risk for catching a disease was lesser than hooking up with someone they met at a bar. Some people have all the intellectual capacity of a thimble.

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