Hey C-U readers, I hope you are enjoying your day so far and this week is bringing you joy and happiness, I thought I would share some knowledge today, as you can guess from the title “Why women & young ladies refusing to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD’s)”.
So I was reading a few articles this week, as I always do but this time around it was young women and girls on issues about not getting tested for STD’s, which I would say hit home for me and maybe a few of you also, who are sexually active with their partner
STD is a scary thing to talk about especially at a young age, you never think about it, let alone ask yourself Why should I even bother getting tested right? well wrong, Speaking to a friend or your General Practitioner is a great place to start to gain insights to what Sexually transmitted diseases are and to get tested frequently for them, ( sexually active or not) especially in this day and age where the rate of young people having sex has tripled over the years and STD’s also.
A survey examined perceptions surrounding sexual health and STDs in groups of young women between the ages of 15 and 24, mothers of young women that age, and primary care doctors, OB/GYN specialists, and other speciality physicians in the sexual health sphere. Questions were based on the topics of sexual activity, sexual health, and knowledge of and screening for STDs.
Medical guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all sexually active young people under the age of 25 get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, among other STDs, at least once a year. According to the CDC, young adults make up about half of STD cases, and cases are at an all-time high, with reports from 2016 showing more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Among many key findings from the survey, it was found that only a little more than half of young women (56%) say they are currently sexually active, and of those, only 56% have been tested for an STD. Sixty-two percent of young women who responded that they are sexually active but have not been tested cited “not feeling at risk” while 55% cited not having any symptoms as reasons for not getting tested. Of the young women who answered as being sexually active, 86% and 88% said they aren’t at risk for chlamydia or gonorrhea, respectively. However, it’s important to remember that many people might not show symptoms of STDs — but that doesn’t make getting tested any less important. In fact, if you’re sexually active, it’s still just as important to get tested annually even if you appear to be asymptomatic. Anyone can get an STD, no matter who they are.
Results from the study also showed that one in four (24%) primary care doctors say they feel uncomfortable discussing STD and STI risk with female patients. In addition, one in three doctors solely relies on symptoms to diagnose an STD. However, the CDC guidelines note that “STDs do not always cause symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it.” However, the study found that one in four physicians will still disregard the screening guidelines if a patient appears to be asymptomatic.
The study highlights how stigma and a lack of open, healthy communication between young women and their parents and doctors have potentially allowed STD rates to skyrocket. It’s clear that many young women and young people may not know how to discuss a topic that’s so sensitive, which makes it all the more important for doctors to be initiating discussions about sexual health and STDs. It’s also extremely important to know where to find sexual health resources, and where to go get tested if you’re looking for a non-judgmental and stigma-free environment.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s not shameful to have questions or concerns about your sexual health, and it’s not shameful if you do get an STD. Talking with health care professionals and getting tested can help you understand your body and know how to have the most healthy and safe sex possible when you’re sexually active.
Here are some organisations you can contact about sexually transmitted diseases STD’s
- Planned Parenthood
- STD Test Express,
- STD Clinics | Better2Know.co.uk
- STD Clinic – £55 And Up – SameDay Appointments Available
- Clinic For Std – 100% Private & Convenient
- Routine STD Testing – LloydsPharmacy™ Online Doctor