Tinder, the popular dating app, has added a new feature: information on where to go to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
The new service ends a long-simmering feud between Tinder and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Last fall, the foundation put up billboards in New York City and Los Angeles connecting Tinder with chlamydia and gonorrhea. The billboards are coming down now that Tinder has agreed to add STD testing information under “Frequently asked questions.”
STD rates continue to rise, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In 2014, increases were seen in all three nationally reported STDs,” according to the CDC report. “The approximately 1.4 million cases of chlamydia represent the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC. Substantial increases were also seen among reported cases of gonorrhea and syphilis. While young people and women are most severely affected by STDs, increasing rates among men contributed to the overall increase in 2014 across all diseases.”
Make lunch plans
The lunch break at work is becoming a relic of the past — a trend some doctors warn is unhealthful.
Just one in five Americans steps away from his or her desk to eat lunch, studies show. Working straight through the day without a break can lead to higher levels of stress, mental fatigue, physical exhaustion and eventually burnout.
“It’s really important that people keep in perspective the big picture — that they will really burn out,” said Dr. John Murphy, a family physician with Mayo Clinic Health System. “That lunch break is critically important.”
Midday breaks don’t have to be spent sitting and eating. Getting on a treadmill for a half-hour, taking a few minutes to connect with family on social media or socializing in person with co-workers can offer a mental break from tasks, Murphy said. “Stress reduction is so important to overall health,” he said.
Other studies have revealed that connecting with co-workers on a social level is energizing. Taking a few smaller breaks during the day instead of one long break at noon also can protect the body and mind from the unhealthful effects of prolonged hours of sitting in front of a computer.
As for Murphy, he aims to take a break every day and usually spends it by taking a short walk. He makes time for one other “healthy” activity on his break, he said — checking for the latest news on his beloved football teams. □