Social media becoming magnet for casual sex

A RECENT survey shows more individuals are hooked on getting sex partners online.

Due to the popularity of social networking sites today, at least 53 percent of the respondents during the 2015 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS) have admitted they had sex partners met in social media.

Out of the 300 male and female respondents, 159 admitted engaging to casual sex with people they met from social networking sites.

According to Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, having casual sex partners met from the social media brings a lot of risk which includes acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

"It's actually riskier, kasi ang hanap lang nila ay casual sex. Hindi nila kilala and possibly they can get STDs sa mga ganoong encounters," Brillantes told Sun.Star Baguio.

"Mode of transmission of STD sa mga mahilig sa casual sex from the social media ay mabilis, kasi after niya makipag casual sex sa isa, then lilipat na naman siya sa iba. If he or she has STD ang bilis lang noon mailipat lalo na kung hindi siya gumagamit ng condom," Brillantes added.

IHBSS team leader Emilio Callao Jr. agreed during the survey, some of the interviewees admitted they are having multiple sex partners they met in the social media platform.

Callao added among their respondents who had sex partners from the social media are males having sex with males who are mostly working in night establishments.

"We have encouraged them to take tests, including all the respondent kasi risky yung ginagawa nila. We have given them privilege cards to get tested. Yung iba nag patest na, pero 'yung iba hindi pa," Callao said.

The survey also showed during the past 12 months, only 63.5 percent of the respondents have engaged to protected sex.

Most respondents claim they do not engage in safe sex because there are no condoms available, deems protection as not necessary, their partners objected, they do not like to use protection, forgot to use protection and does not know how to use protection. (Danica Guieb)

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