Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Free morning after pills may increase the number of positive teen STD tests

Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Providing the morning after pill free of charge over-the-counter to teens appears to do little to curb unintended pregnancies and may also contribute to an increase in the number of adolescents who receive positive STD tests, according to a new study from a team of researchers from the UK.

The findings lend credence to the concerns of some parents, who have said that increasing the availability of this form of emergency contraception could encourage irresponsible sexual behavior. The concerns were raised after some public health experts said that providing the medication could curb unintended teenage pregnancy.

In 1999, providing emergency birth control, or the morning after pill, free without a prescription to teens became a major part of the UK's strategy to reduce teen pregnancy. Researchers from the University of Nottingham analyzed data from public health agencies after this point to study the effect of the program.

They found that the rate of new STD infections rose significantly among teenagers in areas that took part in the program. Additionally, unintended pregnancies also increased.

"Our study illustrates how government interventions can sometimes lead to unfortunate unintended consequences," said professor David Paton, who led the study. 

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top