LONDON (Reuters) - Americans, and especially women, are three times more likely to suffer premature death and adverse health due to sexual activity than people in other rich nations, scientists said on Thursday.Citation: Sexual Behavior- Related Adverse Health Burden in the United States. H. Ebrahim, M. T. McKenna, and J. Marks Sex Transm Infect 81: 38-40 (February 2005).
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found some 20 million cases of adverse health conditions and 29,745 deaths in the United States in 1998 were related to sexually transmitted diseases.
"The research showed the sexual behavior attributable health burden is about three fold higher in the U.S. than other developed countries," Dr. Shahul Ebrahim, one of the authors of the CDC study, told Reuters.
"All of it is totally preventable and that's the message."
Ebrahim said the health burden included conditions such as infertility, abortions and infections such as gonorrhea.
Women accounted for 62 percent of all adverse health cases, with most female deaths attributable to cervical cancer and HIV.
Deaths from curable sexually transmitted diseases were, however, rare among both men and women.
The paper, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, was the first attempt to generate comprehensive findings on the health burden related to sexual
behavior in the United States.
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