When The "Sharing" Economy Goes Too Far: Syphillis Cases Soar 79% In A Year

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"What's mine is yours, for a fee," is the mantra of the new normal "sharing economy," as various segments of our heretofore under-utilized assets are variously 'rented' out for the enjoyment of others. However, as a report by the Rhode Island Department of Health suggests, perhaps we are sharing just a little too much. Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the US, with health officials pointing the finger at casual sex arranged through social media as "the perfect storm." With gonorrhea up 30%, HIV infections up by 33%, and syphilis soaring a shocking 79% in the last year alone, perhaps they have a point.

The report notes that "new cases of HIV and syphilis continued to increase among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men at a faster rate than in other populations," adding that "infection rates of all STDs continued to have a greater impact on the African-American, Hispanic, and young adult populations." As RT reports,

While better testing partly explains the increase, health officials also highlighted “high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years,” such as “using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters.”


Other risky behavior factors were: “Having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners, and sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”


Rhode Island officials say their alarming STD rates are part of a trend throughout the US. Although the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are from 2013, there have been reports of spikes in HIV and syphilis from New York and Texas to Utah.

An STD clinic in Salt Lake County, Utah, has started asking patients about specific contact apps. Lynn Beltran, an epidemiologist at the clinic, told ABC she was not surprised to see a rise in STDs.

“It’s been the perfect storm,” said Beltran. “Our attitude kind of shifted, where it became more acceptable to engage in casual sex.”


Beltran said she had seen an uptick in syphilis and gonorrhea rates, and that many of the newly diagnosed patients said they were sexually active through dating apps.

Finally, and rather interestingly, RT adds,

Between 2003 and 2009, when prostitution wasn’t illegal in Rhode Island due to a clerical error, the state registered a 39-percent decrease in gonorrhea infections among women. A 2014 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research also found a 31-percent decrease in the number of rapes reported to the police.

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So too much of a good thing is bad for you...which reminds us...

What's dangerous and eats nuts?




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NoDebt's picture

"and other men who have sex with men"

There isn't a name for this group?  Not gay, not bisexual but......?????


espirit's picture

What's dangerous and eats nuts? 

My ex-wife.

willwork4food's picture

Between 2003 and 2009, when prostitution wasn’t illegal in Rhode Island due to a clerical error,


Let me get this straight. It took the highly paid .gov in RI 6 years to discover a "clerical error"?

From their research that may or may not have been the point, I would suggest making prostitution legal, drugs legal, and politicians that make over $30K/yr ILLEGAL.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

"infection rates of all STDs continued to have a greater impact on the African-American, Hispanic..."

So STD are racist little buggers and the government needs to infect more of whitey with them.  A new Dear Leader Obama equal opportunity infection initiative will start next week headed up by the Justice Department and the Surgeon General's office.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

And would someone please identify the woman with the nice body and large knockeres in the picture, spelling out which STDs that she has?  I'm sure that she's not simply click-bait.

vie's picture

Zoom in closer and you'll notice her wedding ring has been poorly photoshopped out.

0b1knob's picture

Gay and bisexual men (like bathhouse barry and the Chicago ballerina boy) account for the vast majority of syphilis cases.


And gay bi men make up less than 10 percent of the population. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

This is absolutely true. Unfortunately they are also very promiscuous with numerous partners so the number of cases can rise exponentially.


pods's picture

Why does it hurt when I pee?

Frank Zappa

Oh regional Indian's picture

Natural cures exist for most such so called dis-eaeses that should never have been able to thrive in a healthy human being.

All this craziness to JUST GET IT ON NOW ..... add in cheap alcohol and constant tittilation all around you...

This is a planned future, pimps and hoes, where ever you look, pimps and hoes...

A good general natural cure + immune booster...Garlic...



Fish Gone Bad's picture

Anyone knows that if they are fucking a bar girl in Thailand, that they use a condom.  They know that they are having sex with someone who has fucked pretty much everyone, so they are careful.  The 99cents only stores sells a dozen condoms for ... 99.9 cents.  A trip to the doctor is considerably more.  People are pretty stupid... all the time.

chistletoe's picture

The percentage and even the absolute number of cases of syphilis and gonorrhea in the USA are tiny, really miniscule,  in comparison with what they were 50 or 80 years ago.  the over subscribing of penicillinn, amoxycillin, and other antibacterial drugs, for every ninny who comes in with a cough or a cold, has devastated the incidence of these two diseases.


HIV, though , is a different story ....

NoDebt's picture

I think I'm gonna nail the wife tonight.  I just helped her with her photography (not porn- you're not gonna see my junk on the internet) so she's all happy and now owes me one.  Only woman I'm been with in almost 20 years.  Not sure if I'm exactly grateful or complaining about that, but it makes life a lot simpler.  I don't think I even want to know what trisexual is.

TeamDepends's picture

(voice of Rodney Dangerfield): They'll try anything! (budumpshh!!)

stormsailor's picture

no worries about std's here i haven't had sex in more than 30 years,  i've been married, lol

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Hmmm, I seem to recall you mentioned having children. There does seem to be a possibility of an interesting story, a unique definition of sex or a misplaced sarc tag.


Urban Redneck's picture

Well, someone from Europe might as well say it... marriage and monogamy are two separate, and sometimes unrelated, issues. (So there are other possibilities.) 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, I did notice traveling in Paris my wedding ring seemed to be treated as guideline rather than an absolute. Had several proposals in front of Notre Dame cathedral so I think religious dogma falls under the same category.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

Women tend to flirt with me more when I am with my (really pretty) wife.  I tell my wife that the most attractive thing about me is apparently her.  When I am by myself, I am just some creepy old dude. Go figure.

bonin006's picture

When you appear to be single, women assume you are a loser. When you are with another woman they assume there must be something desirable about you.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I remember going on a business trip once with a young female colleague who was a legitimate 9+. It was bizarre how differently I was treated by female hotel clerks, waitresses, flight attendants, etc.

ATM's picture

They figured you had an 8 inch country dick and not the angry inch.

Winston Churchill's picture

And when he;s nervous he licks his eyebrows.

DosZap's picture

Again it WAS HER they were eyeing not you.Unless you're filty rich,the real(+/10's want NOTHING to do with 98% of the males.)

jmeyer's picture

I hear ya. Try smiling at the ladies.

DosZap's picture

Hate to break the news to you,it's not you they are flirting with.(it's you beautiful bride)

Common misconception, women DRESS for men,NOT!.Women dress in competion with other chicks.Women on Women are easier,they do not have to worry about catching all this crap,chick on chick.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

STDs and lack of Birth Control is a GREAT way for the Elite and Overlords (3%) to control the population of their sheep (97%).

Fornicate accordingly.

JMT's picture

Metrosexual types who say they are St8

mrpxsytin's picture

Apparently, you're only gay if you take it from more than 4 guys within a 24hr period, whilst bound and gagged in a cheap hotel room, and GRINDR set to "auto-invite to this location".

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I lived in San Francisco in the 80's.  Gay is pretty much gay.  If anyone is having "Bill Clinton sex" with or with anyone of the same sex, that is gay.  I am not judging and I really do not care.  What is, is.  Own it and do not be a weasel about it.

The only problem is when one is embarrassed.  F'n own it and it will not own you.  Think about Vanessa Williams, Miss America.  She posed in some lesbian looking pics that were eventually published in Penthouse (a few times).  She is an incredible entertainer, go see her.  When you see her, think of Amy Grant (that is a different story).


stant's picture

My oldest dated Amy's daughter .they fell out over a video game. She came up for thanksgiving. Very nice person

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

In the immortal words of Dennis Miller, "You either suck cock or you don't."

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Line up 5 dicks and blow em like a circus seal.

espirit's picture

In Kentucky, looking to get her 10 kids back.

Keyboard Kommando's picture

.......Politically Correct!

tarabel's picture



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The King's picture
The King (not verified) NoDebt May 30, 2015 9:05 PM

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Fish Gone Bad's picture

Your company attacked the computer I was using (at the public library).  What the fuck is wrong with you???????

chistletoe's picture

why do you need a name for them?  why put EVERYBODY into some kind of box, from which you then will not ever let them out?  what is wrong with your culture?

Arnold's picture

For the record:

I have never had casual sex.

That I remember.

JMT's picture

I am sure you did probably with your hand and rubbing one out on the carpet watching porn

BrocilyBeef's picture

You can say that again!