Survey Says: We’re Not Speaking About STIs

Let’s discuss intercourse. OK, now that we received your consideration, we imply sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Wait, don’t go! We get it. Nobody needs to consider STIs, however charges have elevated in recent times. Meaning, for those who’re having intercourse you’re in danger.

In our new survey of ladies and folks assigned feminine at delivery ages 35 to 64, we discovered that greater than half of the respondents didn’t know in regards to the rise in STIs. And almost 8 out of 10 respondents stated they weren’t involved about getting an STI.

“Gonorrhea, chlamydia and, particularly, syphilis have risen over the current years,” stated Tomeka Roberts, M.D., an OB-GYN and a member of HealthyWomen’s Ladies’s Well being Advisory Council. “I see lots of people getting relaxed about condom utilization. This can be attributable to elevated entry to issues like contraception tablets and IUDs. Additionally with Covid, there was a discount of individuals coming to the physician. This has improved, however we nonetheless see a lower in screening.”

Though almost 9 out of 10 respondents stated they repeatedly see their healthcare supplier (HCP), almost half stated their HCP doesn’t ask about STI testing and sexual well being.

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“I do know I, as a gynecologist, ask my sufferers if they want an [STI] screening however some major care suppliers could not ask the query,” Roberts stated. “And even when the affected person tells me no to an [STI] screening I ask extra about their sexual historical past to see in the event that they really want one, and I’ll have one other dialog with them once more emphasizing the significance.”

Eight out of 10 of our respondents felt comfy speaking to their HCP about STIs, however for many who don’t, stigma could play an element in avoiding the dialog. However Roberts famous that the majority HCPs need you to ask questions and converse up about sexual well being. “We see all kinds of sufferers on daily basis, so you’ll not be alone when discussing your sexual well being,” she stated.

Right here’s extra on the important thing findings of our STI consciousness survey:

which of the following stis are you concerned about getting chart

76% of respondents stated they weren’t involved about getting an STI

When you’re having intercourse, you’re in danger for STIs. The youthful respondents and people with two to 5 sexual companions had been probably the most involved about getting an STI.

do you think STIs have become more or less common in the past 10 years chart

Lower than half of respondents knew STIs have turn out to be extra widespread within the U.S. over the previous 10 years

Youthful respondents had been extra more likely to know in regards to the enhance in STIs in comparison with the opposite respondents.

which of the following areas are true chart

Like syphilis, sure myths about STIs are nonetheless hanging round

About 15% of respondents stated you possibly can solely unfold STIs when you could have signs. This isn’t true. General there was a lack of expertise about widespread STIs and easy methods to stop STIs.

which of the following STIs have your heard about chart

Some respondents have by no means heard of widespread infections like trichomoniasis

Solely 35% stated they’ve heard of trichomoniasis, and solely 7% have heard of Mgen — an STI that may trigger infertility if left untreated. These widespread STIs could cause critical well being issues and sometimes don’t have any signs.

which of the following protect against STIs chart

Nearly all respondents knew condoms defend in opposition to STIs ….

It’s nice to see condoms getting the love they deserve.

… however some respondents thought different contraception strategies defend in opposition to STIs (they don’t)

Some respondents stated spermicide (12%), contraception tablets (5%) and IUDs (5%) supply STI safety, which isn’t true. These strategies of contraception may help defend in opposition to being pregnant however don’t defend in opposition to STIs.

do you know where to get tested for STIs chart

85% knew the place to get examined for STIs

Respondents with two to 5 companions had been extra more likely to know the place to get examined for STIs in comparison with respondents with one or no associate.

how comfortable do you feeling talking about STIs with the following people chart

Most respondents stated they really feel comfy speaking about STIs with their HCP …

It’s good to see a majority of contributors (80%) reported feeling open to speaking about STIs with their HCP. It’s additionally cool that just about half of the respondents don’t suppose it’s TMI to speak about STIs with members of the family.

when you see your healthcare provider, do they ask about your sexual health and or offer you testing for STIs chart

… nevertheless, truly having the dialog is one other story

Extra youthful respondents stated their HCP asks about sexual well being and provides STI testing in comparison with the opposite respondents.

General, the lack of expertise about widespread STIs means extra training is required to assist folks make knowledgeable choices about their well being. “Ladies ought to speak with their healthcare supplier as a result of some STIs don’t have signs,” Roberts stated.

What you don’t know can harm you in terms of your sexual well being.

This useful resource was created with help from Hologic,a HealthyWomen Company Advisory Council member.

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