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Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the friends-and-really-good-friends dept.

Medicine 270

ectotherm writes "According to Professor Peter Kelly, a director of Public Health in Great Britain: 'There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected.' Why the increase? People meeting up for casual sex through Facebook. According to the article, 'Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There is a rise in syphilis because people are having more sexual partners than 20 years ago and often do not use condoms.'"

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Damn (4, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 4 years ago | (#31612238)

Dammit so I didn't have to sign up for fuckbook?

Fuckbook? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612382)

Try SitOnMyFacebook.

Re:Damn (3, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 4 years ago | (#31612432)

One place this isn't happening is Shatner's myouterspace.com [myouterspace.com] .

Re:Damn (1)

dintech (998802) | about 4 years ago | (#31613008)

Head over to Facebook where an encounter with an alien being can leave you with a very different kind of Klingons to defend yourself against.

Anyway, you could learn a thing or two from Shatner he's probably very knowledgeable on the subject. There are few people who could shed light on what happens when you stick your 'enterprise' into something blue.

Wrong places (5, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | about 4 years ago | (#31612240)

    I've obviously been looking at the wrong places on Facebook. Where's the "casual sex hookup" area?

Re:Wrong places (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612310)

Step 1: Click on friends of your friends
Step 2: Say hi and be nice, have a good personality. Don't talk about geeky stuff with them.
Step 3: Don't dress like an IT/geek when you go out. Shower, brush hair, teeth, etc.
Step 4: bow-chicka-bow-wow. Or in the case of some geeks on here..bow-ch--ohhh damn.

Re:Wrong places (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612458)

Step 1: Join "Social me"

Step 2: Add pictures making you look like you're a trustable decent and nice guy

Step 3: Give positive comments, if you like them write them in a lighthearted manner

Step 4: After conversing, very subtly mention in the 25-30 agegroup you always had the ideal of a romantic lasting relationship and are going into the stage of trying to build a place you can call "home" yet are a bit distrusting about women in your demography (insinuating they need to "prove you they're going to do better", depending on how they profile themselves or respond you'll know t he stage they're in and how willing they are.).

Step 5: Change phonenumber a few times after being bothered too much by crazy cat-owning psycho's who want your babies.

Re:Wrong places (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 4 years ago | (#31613174)

Hmm...I've avoided Facebook like the plague so far, mostly due to privacy concerns, and frankly, there's some people from the past that I do NOT want finding me. I've already heard some horror stories from some guys I know that had chicks from decades in the past catching up with them...etc.

However....this does seem an interesting trend to helping to get laid a bit more often, can't ever get too much of that.

"Step 5: Change phonenumber a few times after being bothered too much by crazy cat-owning psycho's who want your babies."

Hmm..would setting up a google phone thing help with this?

I was also considering trying to set up an NYM email [iusmentis.com] account again, to join with...that would help keep things more untraceable too.

Re:Wrong places (4, Insightful)

Grishnakh (216268) | about 4 years ago | (#31613432)

It sounds like the answer here is to join Facebook, but use an alias instead of your real name. That way, the people from your past can't find you, and if you need to disappear because one of your new hook-ups turns out to be a psycho, then it'll be easier since you can just create a new alias and start over.

But honestly, this Facebook hookup thing sounds like a lot of work, alias or no. Wouldn't it be easier to just join AdultFriendFinder for casual sex? Probably not; it seems like women want to believe that men they meet might actually be interested in something long-term, even though it's plainly obvious that they're not, so they need men who tell them all kinds of lies, like "my wife are I are married in name only", "we're separated but staying together just for the kids", etc. Then they act all surprised, like Tiger's girlfriends, when they find out that he's been lying to them.

Women, is it really so hard to just be honest? If you want casual sex, stop making men jump through hoops and make up lies for it. If you want a long-term relationship, then find a man who's actually single (not one who's married and supposedly "separated"), and keep your legs shut until you actually know him well enough to know he's the one you want to have kids with, or at least know him well enough to know he's not a psycho or a liar.

Re:Wrong places (3, Funny)

MikeFM (12491) | about 4 years ago | (#31612386)

My wife is on my buddy list. Does that count? And no STDs.

Re:Wrong places (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 4 years ago | (#31612414)

That's what you think.

Re:Wrong places (-1, Troll)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 4 years ago | (#31613052)

That's what you think.

Translation:

She's a dirty whore who fucks everyone while you're at work... No really... EVERYONE... check her facebook friends list, you don't get over 9000 friends without sucking a few cocks along the way...

Just saying...

Re:Wrong places (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#31612418)

You don't live in the UK, do you? Obviously, something has happened to the stuffy Brits. The UK just had to cut down a bunch of trees because people were 'dogging,' or having public sex there. There is evidently an epidemic of sexy times in the North Atlantic Archipelago. When did 'stiff upper lip' turn into 'stiff willy saluting passing motorists?' and more importantly, can you teach us American how to be a little less puritanical?

Re:Wrong places (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 4 years ago | (#31612588)

When did 'stiff upper lip' turn into 'stiff willy saluting passing motorists?'

A little while after we exported all of our puritans to the Americas.

and more importantly, can you teach us American how to be a little less puritanical?

Sorry...

Re:Wrong places (4, Informative)

joss (1346) | about 4 years ago | (#31612612)

There was a nice article in the spectator as to how you people from continental europe list the UK as a favorite destination. This is despite of the food, weather, shitty attitude. It's because we have large numbers of drunken sluts who will fuck just about anything.

UK (3)

TheMeuge (645043) | about 4 years ago | (#31612438)

Well, it's the UK, so I doubt I'd be the first:

"Ban Facebook now!"
"They're corrupting our innocent children"
"It's all the work of secret terrorist pedophiles... we must root them out by recording all facebook conversations and having a central database"

Sounds good?

Re:UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613244)

No, you forgot "monitor facebook" and "take video of all computer screens". This is the UK after all.

Re:Wrong places (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613482)

You haven't friended your mom, have you?

What? (3, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 4 years ago | (#31612280)

lolwut? facebook/myspace/craigslist/etc/etc/etc.

But hey, a lot of people are on facebook, let's blame it on that.

Vanessa Kensington: Mr. Powers, my job is to acclimatize you to the nineties. You know, a lot's changed since 1967.
Austin Powers: No doubt, love, but as long as people are still having promiscuous sex with many anonymous partners without protection while at the same time experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a consequence-free environment, I'll be sound as a pound!

Re:What? (1)

emm-tee (23371) | about 4 years ago | (#31612514)

lolwut? facebook/myspace/craigslist/etc/etc/etc.

But hey, a lot of people are on facebook, let's blame it on that.

You do realise that Britain is not part of the United States, don't you?

From http://www.clickymedia.co.uk/2009/07/uk-social-network-statistics-july-2009/ [clickymedia.co.uk] :

Facebook has long been the UK’s most popular Social Networking site and now has over 19 million active users. In May 2009 alone Facebook.com received 23.9 million visitors in the UK. Other popular social networking sites continued to struggle to keep up with Facebook – Bebo followed as the second most visited UK Social Network (8.5 million visitors), then Windows Live Profile (6.9 million visitors) and MySpace Sites (6.5 million visitors)...

Re:What? (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 4 years ago | (#31612666)

You do realise that Britain is not part of the United States, don't you?

What? When the hell did that happen? You mean there's a world outside the US' borders? That's B.S.

(Yeah, I understand that. But I'm not from England, and frankly haven't kept up on the latest and greatest social media stuff going on over there, therefore my examples of things like craigslist, myspace, etc., are all from stuff I know about, being here in the US.)

The Austin Powers joke was basically to state that this has happened so many times before due to "various" things that this isn't new and frankly isn't news.

Don't forget Britain's refugee problem. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612282)

Britain lets in far too many third-world refugees and immigrants. We're talking people from the poorest regions of Africa, like Somalia, Ethiopia, and Angola, and other places like the Middle East and India.

The levels have been on the rise over the past five years or so. Who knows what sort of diseases they may be bringing with them.

Re:Don't forget Britain's refugee problem. (-1, Troll)

lxs (131946) | about 4 years ago | (#31612394)

And don't forget the racist bigots fucking their own sisters and other dogs while bravely hiding behind the shield of anonymity.

Now that you've cried "racism", let's face reality (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612824)

Sorry, what does race, let alone "racism", have to do with this?

Have you ever been to a third world nation? I don't think you have, otherwise you'd realize how poor the hygiene and sanitation is in such regions.

In some countries, especially where overcrowding is an issue and sanitation is poor, people urinate and defecate directly on the streets, and sometimes even into the water that they drink and bathe in. You wouldn't believe how this promotes the spread of all sorts of diseases that are basically unheard of in Western nations.

There are some African countries where over 50% of the population is infected with AIDS. That means that if you slept with just two people, there's a good chance that you've gotten AIDS. It doesn't help that in some African nations, rape is commonplace. So not only does the woman become pregnant and get AIDS, but her child is born with AIDS, as well. Plus there's a good chance both of them have also acquired several "lesser" diseases, too.

I'm sorry that reality doesn't correlate well with your fantasy land where everybody lives in Western-style conditions.

Re:Don't forget Britain's refugee problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612898)

fucking their own sisters and other dogs while bravely hiding behind the shield of anonymity.

We are legion.. we never forget..

You heard it here first, folks: (5, Funny)

PhasmatisApparatus (1086395) | about 4 years ago | (#31612288)

You heard it here first, folks: Facebook users cannot figure out how to use condoms!

Re:You heard it here first, folks: (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 4 years ago | (#31613352)

"You heard it here first, folks: Facebook users cannot figure out how to use condoms!"

Well, in defense of not liking them...having sex with one on, is about as much fun as eating a nice steak with one on your tongue.

Sure, you know it is supposed to be juicy, fun and pleasurable...but you can't can't feel anything.

C!=C (4, Insightful)

Sta7ic (819090) | about 4 years ago | (#31612302)

Correlation is not causation. Facebook usage may correlate, but doesn't cause it.

"Don't drink and park. Accidents make people."

Re:C!=C (1)

DriedClexler (814907) | about 4 years ago | (#31612640)

Yes, but you can reduce (thought not eliminate) this risk by making sure you pull out and climax on her tits.

Re:C!=C (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 4 years ago | (#31613196)

Yes, but you can reduce (thought not eliminate) this risk by making sure you pull out and climax on her tits.I believe in the UK the proper term is "put some gravy on her biscuits".

But I could be wrong.

Re:C!=C (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612754)

Correlation is not causation. Facebook usage may correlate, but doesn't cause it.

"Don't drink and park. Accidents make people."

I'd love to see your data disproving causation in this scenario. Or are you just making a blind guess?

Just because "facebook usage may coorelate" you cannot take the logical leap and say that it "doesn't cause it"

Correlation is often a good grounds for doing a study to determine causation/non-causation.

People who don't understand what "correlation != causation" is supposed to convey should avoid using it.

Re:C!=C (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613228)

Mod parent up.

Re:C!=C (1)

dcollins (135727) | about 4 years ago | (#31613298)

Dvorkin said it best: "The correlation between ignorance of statistics and using 'correlation is not causation' as an argument is close to 1."

Re:C!=C (1)

MrHanky (141717) | about 4 years ago | (#31613270)

Wow, how "insightful"! Did you learn about that on Slashdot?

Did it occur to you that maybe the patients diagnosed with syphilis were questioned about their sex life? Why the fuck is this idiocy always modded up on this site?

Really? (1)

Gomer79 (43434) | about 4 years ago | (#31612316)

Because people could not find partners through any other means besides facebook? Maybe we should take a little bit deeper look into the numbers and see if there as actual causation vs. just correlation?

Re:Really? (1)

MikeFM (12491) | about 4 years ago | (#31612422)

After you farm, or zoo, or mafia, together you just wanna get down in the barn together.

Really? (5, Insightful)

cbope (130292) | about 4 years ago | (#31612336)

Wow, that's about as enlightening as saying bars and nightclubs lead to more casual sex. People socializing more, and it leads to sex? No shit. Doesn't really matter how the contact is made, does it?

Re:Really? (4, Insightful)

nelsonal (549144) | about 4 years ago | (#31613154)

How bout, facebook makes it easy for women to filter and select the few men they all want to sleep with, so those men sleep with huge numbers of women (and disease spreads rampantly).

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613314)

I think the way the contact is made DOES matter.

See, you need to put Mr. Johnson into Ms. Puuter for it to be called "sex." There are usually 3 different hole choices for Ms. Puuter.

Um... (4, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31612352)

...I wouldn't say this is a problem with Facebook so much as a problem with fucking stupidity. It's not my place to question someone's sexual activity, but come on...who has sex with a stranger without using a condom?

Re:Um... (4, Insightful)

char70ger (1234672) | about 4 years ago | (#31612482)

Why would you want to have sex with a "stranger" even if you did have a condom?

Re:Um... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612560)

Because it's fun? And they are less of a stranger afterwards.

Re:Um... (4, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31612726)

I personally wouldn't, but plenty of people would. Like I said, it isn't my place to judge someone's sexual appetites...but I'll judge the hell out of someone recklessly screwing around.

Re:Um... (2, Insightful)

sharkman67 (548107) | about 4 years ago | (#31612844)

I think the GP is wrong. I'll bet you find that in most cases people are hooking back up with high school sweethearts or other long lost boy/girl friends. So these people are not "strangers". Still not excuse for unprotected sex though.

Re:Um... (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | about 4 years ago | (#31613098)

I agree! That's why I always ask for the name before the fucking starts. I mean, what can you shout while screwing: "Oh, your cunt is so tight, stranger!"?

Re:Um... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613172)

I agree! That's why I always ask for the name before the fucking starts. I mean, what can you shout while screwing: "Oh, your cunt is so tight, stranger!"?

I believe the term is "beotch"

Re:Um... (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 4 years ago | (#31613290)

Why would you want to have sex with a "stranger" even if you did have a condom?
*Quickly glances at significant other and away*

Fixed that for you.

Re:Um... (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 4 years ago | (#31613336)

Why would you want to have sex with a "stranger" even if you did have a condom?

Oh I don't know...maybe because of this wacky thing called testosterone...maybe you've heard of it?

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613368)

Wife watching you type, eh?

There's never been anyone you didn't know but wanted to have sex with?
How's the eunuch life treating you? must simplify a lot of things..

Re:Um... (1, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | about 4 years ago | (#31612532)

Yeah, seriously. We already have the cure for syphilis and AIDS, all we have to do is use it. If everyone used condoms, both diseases would be wiped out in a generation, less for syphilis. Much like vaccinations, some idiots who don't get them cause problems for the rest of us.

Re:Um... (1, Troll)

lorg (578246) | about 4 years ago | (#31612902)

There is a cure for AIDS? Really? Putting on a condom isn't a cure, it's at best a preventative action, if you already have AIDS putting one on won't cure it. You might as well just come out and say that you think we should euthanize all the "sick" or infected people, that way we won't have to wait generations for the disease to be wiped out, aka "the cure".

Re:Um... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613028)

Yes and if everyone used them we'd be wiped out as a species in one generation. =). No people = No AIDS

Re:Um... (1)

ffejie (779512) | about 4 years ago | (#31613486)

If everyone used condoms all the time, we also wouldn't have that other problem of reproducing. We could solve a lot of problems if we just let all the humans expire. I figure it would take about 75 years or so.

Re:Um... (1)

cbope (130292) | about 4 years ago | (#31612952)

Someone who is fucking stupidly?

Thanks, I'll be here all evening, try the salmon.

Re:Um... (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31613022)

It was meant to be a double meaning :-)

My favorite instance:

"Selling is legal...fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal?" -George Carlin

Re:Um... (1)

Andy_w715 (612829) | about 4 years ago | (#31613118)

...I wouldn't say this is a problem with Facebook so much as a problem with fucking stupidly,. It's not my place to question someone's sexual activity, but come on...who has sex with a stranger without using a condom?

FYP.

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613134)

gosh why on earth would you WANT to use a condom?

same old (3, Funny)

Tobor the Eighth Man (13061) | about 4 years ago | (#31612370)

Hey, look, an interesting statistical effect. How to explain it? Rigorous analysis? Nah, let's just blame it on new technology, 'cuz that wasn't around before and now things are different - obviously, there's a meaningful correlation!

Reminds me of the piracy/global warming graph: http://www.samizdata.net/blog/~pdeh/piratesarecool4.gif

..as reported by Murdoch's newspapers (5, Insightful)

RMH101 (636144) | about 4 years ago | (#31612398)

...as they pointedly do NOT mention MySpace. Hmm. Wonder why that could be, NewsCorp?

Re:..as reported by Murdoch's newspapers (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about 4 years ago | (#31612728)

That's because no one uses MySpace anymore.

Re:..as reported by Murdoch's newspapers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613508)

My last three partners were from MySpace. Although I'm not British so maybe it's not popular there.

Network promiscuious mode (1)

Tei (520358) | about 4 years ago | (#31612400)

I want this. How I can get that? I have already tried to recompile the network driver in promiscuos mode. But all I get is the packets of other peers on my lan :-/, :-I , :-), :-O

Murder! (5, Funny)

DIplomatic (1759914) | about 4 years ago | (#31612406)

Hmmm... that's a pretty good shock-headline-mostly-unrelated-to-the-facts, but I bet I can do better.

"Levi Jeans are Murdering Texans"

In a whopping 80% of deaths in the state of Texas, the deceased was wearing denim jeans - says a study conducted by the University of Jumping-to-Silly-Conclusions.

Re:Murder! (2, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 4 years ago | (#31612784)

And they deserved it to, what with their fancy-schmanzy "button-fly" jeans and delicious BBQ.

False report (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612430)

The german media watchblog BILDblog just reported [bildblog.de] (in german) this to be a hoax. The connection between Facebook and STDs was constructed by The Sun, not by Prof. Kelly.

The Department of Public Health even issued a counterstatement according to the BBC [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:False report (4, Informative)

Faluzeer (583626) | about 4 years ago | (#31612820)

If correct that does not surprise me. The Sun is well known (in the UK) to never let the truth get in the way of a good story, especially if the story involves sex.

Re:False report (1)

Spad (470073) | about 4 years ago | (#31613116)

The Sun links this to a survey last month suggesting that the region is Britain's Facebook capital - "figures released last month showed that people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25% more likely to log on regularly."

But Mr Kunonga points out that Sunderland and Durham are not in the NHS Tees area - so the syphilis statistics do not apply to those apparently Facebook-mad cities.

Keep up the good work guys!

Public awareness campaign (3, Insightful)

ThreeGigs (239452) | about 4 years ago | (#31612434)

So someone says social networking sites are to blame, instead of the amazing coincidence that syphilis cases increased as the government stopped their public awareness campaigns against STDs. I'm thinking someone needs to expand their search for causalitis.

"These are your genitals. THESE are your genitals on Syphilis. Any questions?"

Re:Public awareness campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613288)

we got that treatment annually in the military, with graphic photos to accentuate, and idiots STILL would go out and fuck the locals at every port sans condoms.

I have no sympathy for anyone who gets an STD from promiscuous sex. I am,however, jealous they are getting laid more often than I...

Practice safe hex (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612442)

Don't do cyber-sex without a cyber-condom.

Mixing cyber-sex with real-world sex requires additional special precautions.

Syphilisbook (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | about 4 years ago | (#31612544)

Well, at least it isn't something that's untreatable.

Come back when you find a correlation with herpes, because Herpesbook has a better ring that Syphilisbook. You can also turn it into Faceherpes, but Treponema pallidum can't really find a good place to live on the face.

Facebook? (3, Insightful)

Broken scope (973885) | about 4 years ago | (#31612628)

I'll state the obvious then.

This is about sex education and access to reproductive health services/products. Facebook is just a way to shift blame.

Re:Facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31612932)

People know they're supposed to use a condom, and they know how to get one.
Education and access don't cure stupidity and lack of self-control.

Wrong. FB leads to increased casual sex. (3, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | about 4 years ago | (#31612674)

Its all the stupid people having sex that leads to the STDs.

Less Focus on Facebook... (0, Flamebait)

dhermann (648219) | about 4 years ago | (#31612714)

Director of Public Health in Great Britain? So this guy is in charge of their teeth, too, right? I think he may want to stop spending time on Facebook and more time looking into that... situation.

If Facebook give you an STD.... (1)

noname101 (1481803) | about 4 years ago | (#31612778)

You are doing it wrong...... Slashdot good. Long live FARK

Re:If Facebook give you an STD.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613072)

Fark is for retards with a superiority complex.

The media report is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613056)

This is a case were media make connections not claimed in the original report, in order to make it more newsworthy. The BBC quotes Prof. Kelly, stating:

"Our press release was simply trying to highlight the risks of casual sex. We did not make the claim that social networking sites are causing the rise in the incidence of syphilis."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/03/technophobia_facebook_and_syph.html

I've Never Had Casual Sex (3, Funny)

mindbrane (1548037) | about 4 years ago | (#31613168)

Pleading, desperate, begging, even grovelling sex, sure, that's pretty much my norm, but casual, no. My ex, I'm pretty sure she had a lot of casual sex, even disinterested sex, at least it seemed that way to me, but then I really didn't care. I was just so grateful just to be getting some.

Yea right (1)

ickleberry (864871) | about 4 years ago | (#31613370)

Facebook is the anti-social network, most people on there refuse to talk to people they don't know (although a lot will accept a random ad to appear more popular).

People might be meeting up for casual sex online more than before, but I severely doubt it's through facebook

Everybody's Doin' It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31613506)

Doesn't everyone have unprotected sex with strangers while surfing Facebook? Why is this news?
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