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The Shocking Way One State Is Fighting Back Against Gonorrhea

December 17, 2015 2 min read

Despite the increase in available information and data for educational purposes, STDs are on the rise in the United States for the first time since 2006. This public health concern can pose quite a few complications, but one state thinks that they may have found the solution. The Shocking Way One State Is Fighting Back Against Gonorrhea It appears that charging more for alcohol will solve the problem. A study from the University of Florida, had a look at STD rates in Maryland before and after they raised the prices of alcohol by three cents a dollar in 2011. What they found was interesting. Gonorrhea rates fell by 24%! The study, published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, examined the number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea reported to the U.S. National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System between January 2003 and December 2012. Gonorrhea went down while chlamydia stayed the same. The researchers then concluded that  “alcohol tax increases may be an efficient strategy for reducing sexually transmitted infections.” [bctt tweet="The Shocking Way One State Is Fighting Back Against Gonorrhea"] Previous studies found that more expensive alcohol reduced the amount people consumed and when people consume less alcohol, they practice safer sex, which of course, can reduce the risk of contracting an STD. The Shocking Way One State Is Fighting Back Against Gonorrhea This may be good news considering the fact that the findings from the Centers for Disease Control say that STD cases are on the rise with chlamydia cases up 2.8 percent since 2013, gonorrhea cases up 5.1 percent, and syphilis cases up 15.1 percent nationwide. Researchers looked into other possible causes for the decrease of gonorrhea cases and couldn't find any state initiatives or social trends that could account for it. They believe the rates of chlamydia stayed the same because those infected are likely to be asymptomatic and do not get tested. While it may be a stretch to say that in increased alcohol tax lowers STD rates, it certainly shows that there is a link. What do you think of these findings? Totally legit or totally bogus? Source: Women's Health [caption id="attachment_123550" align="alignnone" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_123552" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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