Study: Unsafe Sex Tied Up With Too Heavy Alcohol Drinking

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With the growing concern to fight the spread of HIV infection, many government states and health related organization are forwarding the concept on how to prevent the spread of the virus causing HIV infection. Since the virus that can cause HIV infection can be transmitted through sex and blood contact, health care professionals recommends that the general public must be wary and vigilant in observing certain measure and strategies in preventing the transmission of the virus.

This can be achieved by indulging into abstinence and being loyal to one partner, however, for those individuals who are sexually active, the use of contraceptives are recommended in order to protect them. This practice is known as “safe sex.” However, many individuals still engage into “unsafe” sex which then leads them to an increase risk of having HIV infection.

Recently, according to another new study, the consumption of too much alcohol can actually influence a person to engage in an “unsafe” sex which can in turn predispose a person to higher health risk including not only the probability of having HIV infection, but as well as the risk of having other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s).

The new study which was published in the January issue of the journal Addiction tackled about the cause and effect relationship between the consumption of alcohol and engaging into sex.

The new study paved way to clearing out issues on the unclear and vague link between the alcohol consumption of a person and HIV incidences. The new study involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 12 experiments conducted by researchers led by Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada.

Moreover, in the study, researchers found out the link between alcohol consumption and the inclination of individuals to engage in “unsafe” sex. Researchers have stated that alcohol consumption and unsafe sex have a direct proportional relationship. This means that the greater amount of alcohol that is consumed by the person, the greater is their willingness to engage in unsafe sex.

Specifics of the study revealed that for every 0.1 milligrams per milliliter of increase in alcohol level in the blood, there was about a 5 per cent increase in the willingness of the person to engage in unsafe sex.





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