Morning-after pill use rises in US
BBC News 14 Feb 2013
Use of the morning-after pill in the US is on the rise, a trend driven largely by wider use among younger women, a major government study has found. Some 11% of sexually active women had used the morning-after pill, up from 4% in 2002, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four women aged 20-24 had used the drug, compared with one in nine women overall. The CDC surveyed more than 12,000 females aged 15-44 from 2006-10.
‘Severe epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the US
The Independent (UK) 14 Feb 2013
US health experts today revealed that an ‘ongoing, severe epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases is sweeping the country, with over 20 million new cases diagnosed every year. A study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that over half the 20 million infections were contracted by people aged 15-24, a demographic that only makes up around a quarter of the US population. Catherine Lindsay Satterwhite, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News: “STIs take a big health and economic toll on men and women in the United States, especially our youth.”