Tinder, Grindr have been investigative tools for Iowa Public Health Officials

By: Nada Ibrahim, HealthyJoCo Volunteer

With the increase in chlamydia and syphilis in the state of Iowa, there has been an increase in advertisements to spark awareness for people in hope for them to get tested if they are sexually active. If someone is found to have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, they are asked who their past sexual partners have been to let them know that they could possibly be infected as well. Contacting people has been somewhat of a problem because of dating apps used for hookups has been the more common thing to use. Some people do not even remember the names of the people they have slept with, so it makes it harder for public health officials to contact people to let them know they may need to get tested. 

Read more about the process of one disease prevention specialist in how she finds and contacts people in the article.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2019/07/28/tinder-grindr-sexually-transmitted-diseases-gonorrhea-chlamydia-hiv-public-iowa-health-officials/1756673001/