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Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior

Behavior Leading to Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior

Substance abuse has several effects on individual behavior including the sexual aspects. Based on studies, individuals who are suffering from substance abuse tend to display risky sexual behavior. A certain percent of young individuals says that their peers are using and drinking drugs before sex.

Teen Statistics

About 41% of teens revealed that they use lots of drugs before sex, 43% use drugs sometimes and 15% uses drugs before sex occasionally. In the case of young adults, 54% use drugs a lot before sex, 35% use drugs sometimes and 8% use drugs before having sex occasionally. It was also determined that 18% of young individuals aging 13 to 19 years old are drinking during their first time sexual experience.

It is alarming to know that 25% of young adults aging between 18 to 24 years old have been into unprotected sex because they were using drugs and drinking alcohol. In the case of sexually active 9th to 12th grade students, they reported that they have been using drugs or drinking alcohol during their last sexual experience.

Behavioral Impact

Substance abuse also creates impact on both male and female behavior. In female, 19% of students in 9th to 12th grade who are sexually active reported that they have used drugs and alcohol during their first sexual act. Among sexually active aging 14 years old and above who have used five substances, 77% admitted that they did not use condom during sexual activity and 39% of these women, whose ages fall between 18 to 30, admitted that that they had sex after consuming five to eight drinks.

In the case of male, 31% of 9th to 12th grade students who are sexually active said that they use drugs and drink alcohol during their last sexual act, 65% males aging 14 to 22 years old and are sexually active have used five substances in their lifetime and did not use condom during sexual encounter. About 35% of male aging 18 to 30 years old revealed that they had sex after consuming five to eight drinks. Adolescents who use drugs and drink alcohol are seven times more likely to engage into sexual activity as compared to those who do not drink and use drugs.

Risks of Behavior

Disastrous consequences have been attributed to substance abuse and this only signifies that the problem is getting worse as time goes by. One of the consequences of substance abuse is the increasing rate of STD or Sexually Transmitted Disease. There are 15,000,000 cases of STD cases recorded every year in the U.S. It is also reported that 50% of teenage women got high chance of suffering from gonorrhea, 30% of infected partner are prone to genital herpes, and 1% of individuals who do not use condom got the risk of acquiring AIDS.

Since substance abuse triggers negative effects on the behavior of both men and women, it is highly necessary that this issue should be addressed before further effects and consequences become evident. Do not let substance abuse interfere with your sexual relationship. Avoiding this problem also gives you the guarantee of safer and more protected life.

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