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Survey: Many Young Women Lack Accurate Information about STDs
Date:5/21/2010

not a family doctor.
  • Most women (62 percent) were anxious about being tested.
  • Nearly a third (31 percent) were concerned about STD results appearing in their medical records.
  • Royer found that many women had additional misconceptions about the STD testing process.

     
    • STD-related symptoms were the most common reason (99 percent) why a woman would request STD testing; however, STDs are commonly asymptomatic.
    • More than half (58 percent) believed that a health care provider would not conduct STD testing if they tell the provider that they use condoms, suggesting the lack of recognition that some STDs can be transmitted even with condom use.
    • Nearly half (40 percent) inaccurately believed that routine STD testing includes screening for eight STDs including: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis, Human Papillomavirus, Herpes Simplex Virus, Hepatitis B and AIDS/HIV.
    • About one-third of respondents mistakenly thought that infections such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea could be diagnosed solely by visual inspection, without a diagnostic test.
    • One quarter mistakenly thought that a Pap smear could detect Chlamydia (26 percent) and gonorrhea (23 percent).
    Health care providers, Royer says, should not assume that the patient understands the sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing process, or feels comfortable leading the discussion about their sexual health or requesting STD testing.

    ''It may also be helpful for providers to think about their own level of comfort in initiating and/or participating in a sexual health discussion with their patients,''
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