(ANSA) - Rome, November 15 - A study Thursday showed young
southern Italians smoke, change partners and consume marijuana
more often than their peers in the north, while northerners
drink alcohol, consume cocaine and stick with their partners
more often than the rest of the country.
The results were part of a study by the
government-sponsored Androlife campaign, presented Thursday at a
convention on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Lecce.
The study showed that people between 18 and 35 in both the
north and south are equally susceptible to STDs.
"The data are very important given STDs are on the rise in
Italy," said Carlo Foresta, director of the department of
reproductive pathology at the University of Padua and president
of STD prevention group SIAMS.
"It's clear that sexual behavior is much freer among young
people in the south, who tend to have a higher number of
The study showed that young people in the south tended to
use protection only 50% of the time.
Youths in the south also tend to engage in less physical
activity and suffer from a higher obesity rate, while
northerners are more active and slimmer.
"Obesity can be considered a reproductive risk factor among
youth," said Foresta. "It is often the cause of diseases such as
hypogonadism," which is diminished functional activity of the
testes and ovaries.