The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed alarm at the lack of progress on curbing sexually transmitted diseases, while one of its experts warned of complacency as dating apps are spurring sexual activity.
The number of HIV cases in the country nearly doubled between 2013 and 2018 and has reached epidemic levels among men ages 15-34, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday citing the United Nations’ AIDS agency.
“Young people are on dating apps these days, and they will have sex,” Filipino social media health advocate Jigg said. “We need to equip them with the knowledge and resources that come with it.”
Likewise, the same study, released as early as 2015, pointed out that these dating apps gave Asia’s teenagers expanded options for taking the meetings further by engaging in casual and spontaneous sex.
Among the popular dating apps are Hinge, Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, Ship, Tastebuds, and Coffee Meets Bagel.
Win Gatchalian, Filipino Politician urged in particular the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to strengthen interventions to protect Filipino youth from sexually-transmitted diseases.
Correct condom use was one of the most effective methods for protecting against Sexually transmitted infections (STI) transmission. WHO also stressed the importance of comprehensive sexual education and easy access to STI screening as well as treatment.
On the other hand WHO also warns, “This will may lead eventually to the disease being impossible to treat”