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March 24, 2010

Facebook helps spread sexual disease?

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by Darren Allan

What has Facebook done now, you may well ask. Well, nothing as such, although The Sun has drawn a link between the social networking site and a rise in syphilis.

Specifically, the paper reports that the Director of Public Health for NHS Tees, Professor Peter Kelly, has observed a quadrupling of syphilis cases, and “a link” to social networking sites amongst them.

And Sunderland and Teeside were recently highlighted by statistics from a BBC2 documentary as the Facebook capital of the country, where inhabitants were 24% more likely to log on than the average.

The Professor commented that sites such as Facebook make it easier for folks to meet up for casual sex, and those people often aren’t using condoms.

Although it isn’t Facebook that is causing people to have unprotected sex, so much as carelessness.

Carelessness causes sexual disease to spread isn’t such a grabbing headline, however.

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