Young people 'failing to talk about STI testing with partners'
A large number of young people don't talk about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with their sexual partners, despite new diagnosis rates being on the rise, a survey has found. Cosmopolitan's online survey has found that many young couples don't talk about getting tested for STIs with their partners, which could put them at risk of catching and spreading a disease.
A total of 1,454 respondents aged between 18 and 35 took part in the survey, with 47 per cent saying they have not been asked about STI test results before intercourse by any of their past partners. It also revealed that women are much more likely to get tested regularly than men, with 58 per cent of females being tested in the last 12 months, compared to just a third (33 per cent) of men.
In fact, 33 per cent of men admitted that they had never been tested, while just 11 per cent of women said the same. However, both of these results are concerning, as not getting tested for STIs can put you and your partners at risk of catching and spreading an illness that may lead to greater health problems in the future.
Almost a third of those who took the survey said they either didn't know if they had an STI or that they had been diagnosed with one in the past. It found that chlamydia was the most common form of STI, with 18 per cent saying they had caught it. Other common infections were HPV (11 per cent), oral or genital herpes (five per cent), gonorrhea (four per cent) and genital warts (two per cent).
Women were found to be more likely to say they had an STI than men, 36 per cent to 18 per cent, but as they are more likely to get regularly tested, this seems to make sense.
As well as regular STI testing, those who are sexually active should ensure they use condoms to better protect against catching a sexually transmitted disease. While other forms of contraception will protect against pregnancy, they are not suitable for stopping the spread of STIs.