"Rugby World Cup-related sex" was mostly drunken and risky,
new research shows.
The joint study by University of Otago epidemiologists and
public sexual health clinics in Auckland, Hamilton,
Wellington and Dunedin looked at diagnoses during the time of
Lead author Rebecca Psutka, a research fellow in epidemiology
at the University of Otago, said people who went to the
clinics around that time were surveyed and about 7 per cent,
or 151 people, had Rugby World Cup-related sex.
More men than women visited the clinics after such sex.
Compared to other men, those who had RWC-related sex had
twice the risk of chlamydia, three times the risk of
non-specific urethritis and five times the risk of
"This indicates that for men, sex related to the Rugby World
Cup may have been more risky," Wellington Sexual Health
clinician Dr Jane Kennedy said.
Most of those who had RWC-related sex had consumed three or
more alcoholic drinks.
Study co-author and University of Otago Professor Jennie
Connor said that was not surprising given the promotion and
availability of alcohol around the event, and New Zealand's
Only about 20 per cent had used a condom.
"This obviously explains a lot of the STI diagnoses in this
study and may reflect poor decision-making under the
influence of alcohol," said study co-author Dr Jane Morgan of
Hamilton Sexual Health clinic.
Concerningly, four of the 54 (7 per cent) women who had
RWC-related sex said it was not been consensual.
The study authors concluded that for future large sporting
events, a reduction in the promotion and availability of
alcohol as well as the continued promotion of condoms may
reduce sexual health and other harm.
People who had RWC-related sex were defined as New Zealanders
who had sex related to the RWC or other associated events,
New Zealanders whose sexual event leading to the clinic visit
was with an overseas visitor primarily in New Zealand for the
RWC, and individuals visiting New Zealand primarily for the
The study appears in the latest issue of the international
journal Sexual Health.