When there’s a sudden rise in sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates in a certain area, physicians and researchers will attempt to discover if there are any factors that are influencing this rise. Recently, New Zealand has seen high reports of chlamydia, and experts in the country have decided that Hollywood culture may be to blame.
“We have all the media in the world encouraging people to have sex as if it’s okay with no real emotional involvement.” said Auckland sexual health specialist Janet Say, M.D., quoted by the New Zealand Herald.
Say also found that alcohol may be playing a role, as researchers found that many young people with STDs were having sex with people they normally wouldn’t because they had been drinking. MSN New Zealand estimates that one in 10 young people in the country have chlamydia, which is an alarming rate, especially considering that 70 percent of patients do not show any symptoms of the disease.