Alberta health officials are reporting a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections and they say anonymous hook-ups arranged on social media are a major reason.
Cases of gonorrhea last year were up 80 per cent from 2014 and are the highest since the late 1980’s.
The number of cases of syphilis are also way up – doubling in 2015 from 2014.
Officials say the best protection is the use of condoms.
Health officials say the province will also step up awareness campaigns that focus on the danger of anonymous hook-ups.