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Researchers examine the reasons why young people avoid STD testing


A team of scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland conducted a study that reveals the different factors that influence a young person's decision to receive – or to avoid - testing for a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

According to the researchers, who surveyed 341 students between the ages of 18 and 28, individuals who got tested said they did so out of respect for a partner or as an effort to prevent spreading an STD.

Students who did not get tested said they wanted to avoid embarrassment and that their peers may make assumptions about them if they did seek STD testing.

However, the study authors noted that young people in the latter group reported equal concerns over their partner's safety and the spread of infectious diseases, compared to their peers who got tested. The researchers said that this finding indicates that public health messages should stress these benefits of STD testing.

Additionally, educators and health officials may want to consider strategies that may help individuals overcome the embarrassment associated with getting an STD test.