Cardiff: Popular social networking websites such as Facebook have been blamed for the rise in cases of syphilis as members go for unprotected sex with partners they meet on the Internet.Official figures showed a four-fold increase in the UK in cases of potentially-lethal syphilis. "There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected," The Sun quoted Professor Peter Kelly, director of Public Health for NHS Tees, as saying. Prof Kelly continued, "I don`t get the names of people affected, just figures. And I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.
A spokesperson for Facebook said users should take "precautions" and be on their guard while meeting with anyone they encountered online. ANI
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