Monday, August 11, 2008

New Study: African-American Girls Who Use Marijuana Engage In Riskier Sex, Have Higher STD Rate

African-American girls who use marijuana are more likely to engage in risky sexual acts and contract a sexually transmitted disease, a new study finds. The study, by Emory University public health researchers, is being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. It analyzed the marijuana use and self-reported sexual behavior of 439 sexually active black females between the ages of 15 and 21.

Researchers found that black girls who used marijuana had significantly higher rates of incident STDs than non-marijuana users (32 percent compared to 23 percent). Marijuana users also had more sex partners, riskier sex partners, including a partner just released from jail, and more recent episodes of engaging in vaginal sex while their partner was under the influence.
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1 comment:

Freedom2Grow said...

Its outlandish ideas like these that have our country in such a vulnerable state. Americans are so quick to judge and assume with a closed mind. Think of the big picture folks. Do you really think that weed made her spread her legs? maybe since shes a teenager engaging in risky behavior, that therefore shes more likely to try something risky such as marijuana. Why would anyone assume that all of these choices stem from a lesser risky choice. If you wanted to look at it that way, I would say all this risky sex may have lead that young girl to seek solace and relaxation in a naturally grown herb.