Study links Craigslist with higher HIV rates

Study links Craigslist with higher HIV rates
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A study conducted by two professors found that HIV rates jumped in areas of Florida where Craigslist began offering its services, the University of Maryland’s Diamondback newspaper reports.

The study was co-authored by Brad Greenwood, assistant professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and Ritu Agarwal, professor at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and senior associate dean for faculty and research.

The research compared the number of HIV-positive patients in cities where Craigslist has a major presence to areas where the website is not heavily used. After a four-year study, the data found correlation between online dating and negative health effects.

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