NHS Expert Warns That Dating Apps And Porn Could Lead In An Increase In HIV Infection

December 05, 2018
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Doctor Peter Greenhouse, a Bristol sexual health doctor, has warned that the use of internet dating apps and internet porn could lead to an increase in HIV infections as well as other incurable STDs. This is because people watching internet porn tend to start experimental sexual behaviors such as anal sex which puts people at more risk of STD infections.

Apart from internet porn, there are also many young people using casual dating apps. These apps are used by people who are looking for casual sexual encounters. If people do not use protection during these sexual encounters, there are high chances of contracting different life-long STDs including HIV. When coupled with internet porn, these sexual encounters become riskier.

During an interview, Dr. Greenhouse said, “I worry in the grand scheme of things that if enough young heterosexual people change partners frequently enough and have unprotected sex then at some point there is going to be quite a bit more HIV around in the heterosexual community.”

He added that, “A generation of young people who are learning about sex from internet porn are more likely to have unprotected or anal sex. The two together could cause a 'nuclear reaction' of spreading HIV, he said, because people can switch partners within days when it most infectious. Dating apps increase how quickly people can change from one partner to the next or have concurrent relationships.”

There are many people watching porn and experimenting on what they see. On this, Dr. Greenhouse said, “larger numbers of people watching internet porn has normalized anal sex among heterosexual people. And because the rectum 'isn't designed to take the knocks' of sex, the tissue is more likely to be damaged, increasing the risk of spreading STIs. Anal sex carries a 10 times higher risk of infection with HIV than vaginal. This is because cells in the anus are more susceptible to HIV, and fluid in semen and the anus's lining carry more HIV than vaginal secretions.”

He added, “This is why men who have sex with men are among the people most at risk of HIV in the world. Porn dramatically increases the acceptability and pressure to perform rectal sex,' Dr Greenhouse told The Star. Heterosexually, you are more likely to get HIV because more people are doing more rectal sex with more people. Unless people are absolutely meticulous about using condoms for rectal sex, it is inevitable there will be more HIV transitions.”

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