The continuing push for explicit sex-ed programs in the US and abroad and the consequent rise in promiscuous sexual activity among youth has concerned organizations re-emphasizing the dangers that result from this phenomenon.
One study being emphasized is a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study which warned that the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the US is having a serious impact on the rates of disability and premature death.
In the year studied, 1998, approximately 30,000 deaths were attributable to STD infections, most prevalently HIV/AIDS, but also cervical cancer resulting from Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in women.
They reported that the US incidence for these diseases was three times the average rate of other developed countries.
In addition, the study, reported in January 27, 2005 edition of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, revealed that STDs accounted for 20 million cases of adverse health problems, such as infertility and a tendency to miscarriage.
The researchers at the Atlanta-based CDC reported a staggering 2 million years of life were absent as a result of STDs – known as “disability adjusted life years,” or DALYs – due to premature death and loss of healthy life because of disabilities attributable to sexual behavior.
These 2 million life years represented 6% of the national total of DALYs.
The leading causes of death were HIV/AIDS for men, and HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer for women.
Meanwhile, UK researchers are now calling for major increases in the capacity of clinics to tackle what they call an STD “epidemic,” claiming that current levels are inadequate to meet the government's own health targets. Recorded numbers of new STDs in the United Kingdom have doubled in the last five years.
[Ed. It should be noted that explicit sex education and availability of birth control and Emergency Contraception (morning after pill) have also dramatically increased simultaneously.]
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One in 100 US Deaths is Related to Sexual Behavior
More than one in every 100 deaths in the United States can be attributed to sexual behavior, according to a new study. Rates of illness and premature death attributable to sexual behaviour in the United States are triple the rates in other wealthy nations, the authors say.
Using updated data from the 1996 US burden of disease study, the researchers reported that 29,782 deaths in 1998 could be attributed to sexual behaviour, constituting 1.3% of all deaths in the United States that year.
They calculated a total of more than one million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in 1998 and more than 20 million adverse health events attributable to sexual behavior. DALYs are a time based composite of years of life lost to premature death or disability.
[bmj.com, 02/05/05, British Medical Journal; Abstinence Clearinghouse Update, 9Feb06]
People in U.S. Three Times as Likely To Experience Adverse Effects, Including Premature Death, Because of Sexual Activity, Study Says
People in the United States are three times as likely as people living in other developed countries to experience premature death or other "adverse effects" as the result of sexual activity, according to a study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, Reuters reports (Reuters, 1/26).
Dr. Shahul Ebrahim and colleagues at CDC used national data and published research on sexual health, reproduction, infectious diseases, hospital admissions, births and deaths to calculate "disability adjusted life years,"(DALYs) a measure of disability or early death, according to Bloomberg News.
The researchers found that 20 million U.S. residents had adverse effects related to sexual activity — including infections, infertility and abortions — in 1998, and nearly 30,000 U.S. residents died as a result of adverse effects from sexual activity that same year.
Women were "most severely affected" by sexual activity, according to the researchers, Bloomberg News reports (Bloomberg News, 1/27). Women accounted for about 62% of the health problems associated with sexual activity, with cervical cancer and AIDS-related causes being the leading reasons for death among women (Washington Post, 1/27).
auses were the leading sources of sexual activity-related death among men, according to the researchers.
The researchers estimated that about two million people in the United States each year have their lives shortened due to illnesses or disabilities related to sexual activity, according to Bloomberg News.
The researchers also found that about 45 million U.S. residents have genital herpes and 20 million have human papillomavirus, the primary cause of cervical cancer.
The researchers concluded, "Given the size and chronicity of HIV, HPV and other hepatitis virus epidemics, the overall health burden related to sexual behavior is unlikely to decline rapidly in the coming years" (Bloomberg News, 1/27).
Ebrahim added, "All of it is totally preventable, and that's the message." (Reuters, 1/26).
[From the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS report (not prolife), 1/28/05: 2. People in U.S. Three Times as Likely To Experience Adverse Effects, Including Premature Death, Because of Sexual Activity, Study Says http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=27843]