Facebook linked to a resurgence in syphilis

In a somewhat startling piece of news today we hear that there is a connection between Facebook and the rise of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis. According to experts it has increased by four times the amount in areas of the country where Facebook is the most well-liked.

Sunderland, Durham and Teesside are specifically mentioned in the report from the telegraph.co.uk, and the reason for it is said to be that Facebook and other social networking sites, make it easier for people to have casual sex. The director of public health in Teesside, Professor Peter Kelly, said that the link is particularly noticeable in young women.

He warned, “Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk”. He added that figures show that many of the people concerned had met sexual partners through social networking sites such as Facebook.

Other research tells us that young people of Sunderland, Durham and Teesside are 25% more probable to use social networking sites than in other parts of Britain. Meanwhile a spokesman from Facebook said people should always be careful when meeting with others they’ve met online, and should take precautions.