They’ll meet up and have casual, anonymous sex, and then they’ll never see them again,” she said.
“If you’re using Grindr or Snapchat or Tinder and you end up hooking up, your risk is higher because you may ask them (their HIV status) and they may lie.”AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist does not collect information on whether clients met sex partners through social media, but Hopper said dating apps have become a frequent topic of discussion when the agency conducts education sessions for youth.
Joseph County and the surrounding area have reported a modest but noticeable rise in new patients living with the virus, driven by people younger than age 30 who contracted the disease through unprotected sex.
AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, one of the chief area nonprofits that offers services for people with HIV in a six-county area, recorded 11 new positive tests through June this year, surpassing the total of nine new positive tests through all of 2015.
Elkhart County, meanwhile, had 181 residents living with HIV at the end of 2015 and saw six new cases, down from seven new cases the previous year.
La Porte County had 192 people with HIV and saw fewer than five new cases each of the past two years, according to the state.
She pointed out that the high-profile outbreak of HIV in southern Indiana’s rural Scott County last year led to a short-term boost of people who wanted to get tested.
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Melissa Murawski, a disease intervention specialist who helps the state collect data on new HIV cases, said she has noticed a slight increase in the Michiana area but did not have statistics.
She said numbers of HIV diagnoses often vary from year to year, and the reasons behind increases can be difficult to pinpoint.