Survey Finds Young Adults Not Getting Tested For STDs

Survey Finds Young Adults Not Getting Tested For STDs

With the taboo of premarital sex almost all but gone, it appears more and more young people are having it.

There’s also the thought that everybody is having sex, so you should do. College campuses have made it easy to get ahold of alcohol, increasing the peer pressure to have sex too.

Of course, the problem with all this is that most teens and young adults don’t know what the risks are in sleeping with more than one person.

According to a The Mix survey, about 20 percent of UK people between 18 to 24 years-old acknowledged that they have no real idea about sexually transmitted diseases or sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Martin Godfrey said pop culture encourages sexual relationships with different people but without any STI or STD facts to go along with it. This, he says, puts them at risk of being diagnosed with an STI.

The survey noted that over a third of the respondents said they’ve never been tested for STDs. And, 44 percent of those third said they didn’t believe it was necessary because they used protection. The reality is that protection doesn’t mean 100 percent safe; they do fail too!

20 percent of those surveyed said they’ve never been tested for STDs because they were embarrassed.

The majority of the respondents said they’d get tested if they believed they had a symptom of an STD. While that sound logical, why pay money for a doctor if you’re feeling good, the truth of the matter is that most sexually transmitted diseases don’t show any outward symptoms. This, even though the damage is doing some major damage to the body it’s infected.

Godfrey said symptomless STIs are a real problems and people should be tested for then to ensure they’re not infected and put others at risk.

It’s imperative that all sexually active person get tested for STDs – this is especially true if they have had more than one sexual partner. Tests are done confidentially and are rather cheap, and can be done in a doctor’s office or the comfort of a home.

The problem stems from the fact that most people don’t know how necessary testing is. This lack of knowledge is extremely alarming as the latest discovery of a new antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea strain. If ignorance meets the superbug, it could be that STDs will be as deadly as they were decades ago. Teens must be given the tools and information they need to protect themselves – even if they find the topic funny.

Mark Riegel, MD

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