Preventing sexually transmitted infection from hookups in Taiwan
1: She-Te University, Taiwan
Objectives: People rely on technology for living now, including dating. There are more and more people to find one night stand by social media. The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infection among hookups in Taiwan and how to prevent the spread of STI.
Materials and methods: The study reviewed several published statistics to explore the relation between STI and hook-ups. Based on the Centre of Diseases of Control (CDC) report in Taiwan, the number of AIDS cases increased about 20% from 2015 to 2016. Also, a media report surveying 70.9% of college students, found that 64.5% want to try dating apps for hookups and 23.4% boys and 52.3% girls have successfully hooked up. Furthermore, less than half of them used a condom. A data also showed that less than 30% of college students in Taiwan were using a condom while having sex. The rate of hookups has doubled in the past 14 years because of the popularity of electronic devices and social media, but the rate of using a condom dropped 10%. The CDC report in 2014 showed the number of people who were infected was 10% greater than in 2013 for people between ages 15 to 24. In 2015, 94% of people who got infected gonorrhoea was male. 40% of them were age 25 to 34, following by 30% age of 15 to 24.
Results: The potential risk of getting an STI among those hookups is high because those college students still lack of sex education based on the increasing number of hookups and the higher number of young people with an STI already. The more information is provided or targeted can decrease the number of STI. Also, to find out a direct evidence to show the correlation between STI rates and hook-ups is the next study even though tracing hook-ups can be difficult.
Conclusion: To prevent the problem, it is suggested that high schools and colleges implement sex education as a requirement. Most parents and students focus on academic studies, so classes related to sex education are either banned or ignored. Second, implementing having safe sex and STI related information to those social apps can also shake those youngers’ mind, practicing having safe sex to reduce the number of getting STI in Taiwan.
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