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“People these days tend to go on the Internet to find partners there and don’t seem to inform themselves very much, they just want to have sex, and they get infected,” Dr.
Denis Allard, the province’s deputy chief medical officer of health, told the CBC. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, stressed he has not done research on the correlation and that there are a number of factors at play.
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Other research by the same group made similar findings, though a 2009 study they did of STD patients at a Colorado clinic did not find strong evidence of an association.
In California, about 43% of gay men and 7% of heterosexuals who had contracted syphilis in 2010 reported having met sexual partners online, said Dan Wohlfeiler of the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch.“It can have the potential to change how transmission works,” said Mr. “It makes it more efficient for people to find (sex partners).”The state, however, is now working to use those dating sites to help prevent spread of the infections.