If these numbers are to be believed, the residents of Alberta are swimming in sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, the Canadian province saw an 80 per cent increase in cases of gonorrhea. What to blame? According to the government, “social media”.
No doubt that these stats are troubling. According to the Edmonton Journal, the province reported 82 gonorrhea cases per every 100,000 Albertans in 2015, the highest rate since the 1980s. And that’s not the only STD that’s got Alberta worried: Syphilis rates have doubled since 2014. And this is all because of Twitter:
“New social media tools enable people to communicate quickly to arrange anonymous sexual encounters, resulting in increased difficulty in tracking STIs,” said Dr. Karen Grimsrud. “When people don’t know their sexual partners’ identities, it makes it difficult to contact partners for follow-up testing and treatment.”
Ah, OK, I think she actually might mean… Tinder? But at any rate, Alberta has a plan:
Alberta Health Services will continue to promote http://www.sexgerms.com and its social media campaign to raise awareness and encourage STI testing.
Fighting social media-induced gonorrhea with social media! That sounds smart! Now let me just navigate over to sexgerms dot com and...
Oh my god what in the --
Are those buttholes? And what is --
— Sex Germs Alberta (@SexGerms) November 17, 2013
OK, maybe social media does spread sex germs. I think I just contracted something from that tweet.
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