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SAMHSA News - May/June 2007, Volume 15, Number 3


STD Rates: Alcohol, Drug Use Linked

cover of The NSDUH Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Substance Use - click to viewPeople who abuse alcohol and illicit drugs may be at higher risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), according to Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Substance Use, a new report from SAMHSA.

Based on data from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the report showed that having an STD in the past year was more common among 18- to 25-year-olds than any other age group.

Rates were especially high among people age 18 to 25 who used both alcohol and an illicit drug in the past month (3.9 percent) compared to those who used neither alcohol nor an illicit drug (1.3 percent), those who used alcohol alone (2.1 percent), and those who used an illicit drug without alcohol (2.1 percent).

People age 12 and older were surveyed about their use of alcohol and illicit drugs and whether they had been told by a doctor in the past year that they had a sexually transmitted disease, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or syphilis. HIV/AIDS data was collected separately and not included in this report. About 2 million people reported that they had been diagnosed with an STD in the past year.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Substance Use is available for download at www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/STD/STD.pdfEnd of Article

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Expanding HIV Assistance:
Outreach, Testing for
At-Risk Individuals
Part 1
Part 2
Two SAMHSA HIV/AIDS Programs
Resources on HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Consumer Guide


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Homelessness Web Site Launched

STD Rates: Alcohol, Drug Use Linked

Staff in the News:
Dr. Kenneth S. Thompson


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SAMHSA News - May/June 2007, Volume 15, Number 3