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Updated: Wednesday, May 27 2015, 02:01 PM EDT
(ABC News)- Increases in the rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases in Rhode Island have led local health officials to warn that high-risk behaviors could be to blame, including the use of social media to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters.”
Among the statistics, HIV rates have risen 33 percent, gonorrhea cases are up 30 percent and syphilis cases are up a whopping 79 percent.
“These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director designee at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said in a statement. “This trend reminds us that we cannot become complacent.”
The department, according to a written statement, found that high-risk behavior, including “using social media to arrange…
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