DATING apps are partly to blame for a rise in sexually-transmitted infections, experts believe.
The hot weather may also have helped cause a steep increase in syphilis because people are more sexually active when it is sunny.
According to the health board, dating apps like Tinder have sparked an increase in STDs[/caption]
One health board has seen five times as many cases in the past four months compared with the same period in 2017.
Since April, there have been 56 in its area, with 16 in the past two weeks alone.
Most have been men but several women also tested positive.
Docs suspect it is down to more people using dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble to meet for unprotected s*x.
Users often delete partners’ profiles afterwards, preventing them from warning if they are later diagnosed with an infection.
One health board has seen five times as many syphilis cases in the past four months compared with the same period in 2017[/caption]
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in South Wales reported the cases in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.
It is urging people to contact a s****l health clinic if they have had unprotected s*x in recent months.
The board’s s****l health lead nurse Joanne Hearne said: “There has been an increase in syphilis generally across Wales.
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But we have seen a significant rise across the health board area, particularly over the last six weeks.
“It is possible that the heatwave led to people becoming more sexually active.
“We also believe social media and the growth of dating websites and apps is another contributory factor.”