Black girls who use marijuana engage in riskier sex, have higher STD rate

August 5, 2008

Black girls who use marijuana are more likely to engage in risky sexual acts and contract a sexually transmitted disease, a new study finds.

The study, by Emory University public health researchers, is being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. It analyzed the marijuana use and self-reported sexual behavior of 439 sexually active black females between the ages of 15 and 21.

Researchers found that black girls who used marijuana had significantly higher rates of incident STDs than non-marijuana users (32 percent compared to 23 percent). Marijuana users also had more sex partners, riskier sex partners, including a partner just released from jail, and more recent episodes of engaging in vaginal sex while their partner was under the influence.

"While adolescent African-American females remain a high-risk group for STDs, little research has examined their marijuana use, sexual behaviors and incidence of STD infection," says study co-author Ralph DiClemente, PhD, Candler professor of public health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health.

"Although no differences in condom use were identified between marijuana users and non-users, results suggest that marijuana users are engaging in sexual acts with riskier partners and under riskier circumstances, and had higher rates of STDs," DiClemente says.

DiClemente and team recommend STD and HIV intervention programs designed for adolescent black females that promote condom use as well as emphasize the risks of drug use and STD and HIV infection.

Source: Emory University

Explore further: Ways to reduce college drinking and risky sex

Related Stories

Ways to reduce college drinking and risky sex

October 21, 2011

In a recent study conducted by scientists at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions involving 154 heavy-drinking college students whose sexual behavior put them at risk for HIV infection and other sexually ...

Recommended for you

Want to exercise more? Get yourself some competition

October 27, 2016

Imagine you're a CEO trying to get your employees to exercise. Most health incentive programs have an array of tools—pamphlets, websites, pedometers, coaching, team activities, step challenges, money—but what actually ...

Sleep loss tied to changes of the gut microbiota in humans

October 25, 2016

Results from a new clinical study conducted at Uppsala University suggest that curtailing sleep alters the abundance of bacterial gut species that have previously been linked to compromised human metabolic health. The new ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

5 / 5 (1) Aug 05, 2008
If a girl is choosing riskier partners under riskier circumstances, I could have predicted they would also participate in riskier recreation activities. That's a far cry from a causal relationship.

It sounds like another attempt at turning marijuana into the bane of society. What about the effects of alcohol on partner choice?
4 / 5 (4) Aug 05, 2008
what a load of racist bullshit.
5 / 5 (2) Aug 05, 2008
I don't even know which part of this is more ridiculous, blaming pot smoking on a select group of people who one out of four of already have an STD, or singling out black girls for smoking pot and getting frisky when I'm pretty sure it's the same way with people of all colors.

Oddly enough people who tend to be oppressed or desire getting out of their heads every now and then live in the grey part of society.

This article is a load of 5h1t either way.
not rated yet Aug 07, 2008
It sounds like another attempt at turning marijuana into the bane of society. What about the effects of alcohol on partner choice?

That's absurd... I've never known hundreds of people who get drunk and have regrettable sex.

Alcohol Tobacco = complacency. HMMMMMM...
5 / 5 (1) Aug 09, 2008
Did they control for personality beforehand? Does the pot do it to them, or does the personality do it to them, AND predispose them to pot? Correlation is not causation.
3 / 5 (2) Aug 09, 2008
I know way more people who became inebriated and did something sexually stupid than people who did the same after smoking weed. However, the people who smoke weed enjoyed it more and remembered what they had done....for the most part.
5 / 5 (1) Aug 10, 2008
This is a pretty standard example of the kind of anti-cannabis propaganda that is 'released' or 'discovered' seemingly every month or so , more often in relation to mental health, where the present a newly found statistical correlation to imply a causal link, where none has been proven to exist. You could just as easily reverse the title to suggest that riskier sex leads to marijuana use, and still be making as much sense.
5 / 5 (1) Sep 05, 2008
Wow. I went through the business of registering on this site just to say this is crazy!

Obviously this study is just one more thing to freak out white folks and typecast blacks.

I really do feel that the high incidence of STDs among black females has more to do with choosing a partner from a large pool of black men who are in and out of jail, where assumably many contract these diseases, than... what was it? Oh. Marijuana.

Laughable. I think Ralph DiClemente would serve the community much better by contributing to some meaningful research like - oh gee, I dunno! - figuring out what sorts of programs would be best received by those most in danger of STDs and HIV.

Perhaps he and his team of public health evangelists are mistaken and believe that people desire more hype rather than a real solution.
not rated yet Sep 05, 2008
And by the way, I did notice DiClemente's recommendation. Aww, how cute.

The problem, sir, is not what sort of information should be included in these programs. The problem is design.

Posters and a fish fry on Saturday afternoon at your local rec. center can't fix everything.
not rated yet Oct 02, 2008
I BET THEY ALL PAINT THEIR FINGERNAILS TOO, painting your finger nails inextricably means they promiscious and laden with disease.... please /sarcasm off

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.