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U.K.: Morning-After Pill Linked to STD Rise

April 22, 2011

University of Nottingham researchers reported in a new study that teenagers' STD diagnoses and conception rates rose in areas of England where druggists offered emergency morning-after contraception.

Since 2000, local authorities in England have been encouraged to provide emergency contraception in pharmacies, free of charge and without a prescription, to teens age 16 and younger. Many municipalities have introduced programs, while others declined to do so, explained professors David Paton and Sourafel Girma.

Local data from 1998 to 2004 indicated that areas operating pharmacy-based emergency birth control programs showed an average 5 percent increase in the STD rate among teenagers. For youths 16 and under, the increase was 12 percent. The programs also were associated with a small increase in the number of teen pregnancies, the study found.

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Comment by: Emily (Scottsdale, Arizona) Thu., May. 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm UTC
I would have to question the validity of the statistics or at least the correlation between emergency contraception and STDs. When used correctly, EC isn't meant as a "go-ahead" for those wishing to have unprotected sex, it should be simply used as a backup method.
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