Is Growing Technology Use Causing a Spike in STD Rates?

In addition to disrupting the dinner table, smartphones and other forms of technology have other dangerous impacts, it seems.

One study has shown that Craigslist, a website allowing users to sell their stuff and post personal ads, has increased STD rates; another study links new hook-up apps Grindr and Tinder with climbing STD rates, too.

Here’s what you should know about technology and STD rates.

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Help Your Teen Understand STDs

We all know that kids and teens do not become perfect angels overnight. Even as school is back in session, it’s still important to have important conversations with your teens about responsibility. Though some kids are blessed with common sense, many teens love to party with friends, date new people, and try new things, but if they’re not careful, they could be exposed to STDs.  Continue reading “Help Your Teen Understand STDs” »

National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?

According to the CDC, national rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases have risen for the fourth year in a row. In 2017, almost 2.3 million cases were diagnosed with one of these three STDs. That number breaks the 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases. In light of this public health crisis, what can you do to ensure that you are staying safe? Test Smartly Labs has some recommendations of steps you can take to avoid joining this troubling statistic.  Continue reading “National STD Rates are Rising: How Can You Protect Yourself?” »