New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.
The analysis included 7,751 St. Louis-area women between the ages of 14 and 45.
It was part of an even larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, whose goal is to promote the use of long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.
St. Louis continues to have some of the highest rates of two common sexually transmitted diseases in the country.
According to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Louis ranked second highest among U.S. cities for per capita rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Last summer, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra began a conversation about some of the ethical issues involved when people are used as the subjects of scientific research.
Updated with full data tables at 2:09 p.m. (see below)
Rates of three sexually transmitted diseases are up in the St. Louis area, according to an annual report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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