A survey of over 1,000 youngsters, carried out by charity The Mix, looked into the sexual behaviours and awareness of STIs among youngsters in the UK
One in five young people aged 18-24 doesn’t know what an STI is, according to a new survey.
The survey of over 1,000 youngsters, carried out by charity The Mix , looked into the sexual behaviours and awareness of STIs among youngsters in the UK.
The results revealed that 36 per cent of respondents had never been tested for an STI, with 20 per cent admitting they don’t really understand what an STI is.
Of those who have never had an STI test, 44 per cent felt they didn’t need to get tested because they always used protection, while 20 per cent said they were too embarrassed to get tested.
And worryingly, the top reason that respondents said they’d get tested was if they had symptoms – despite the fact that most STIs are symptomless.
Dr Martin Godfrey, a GP in South London, said: “Being young is all about experimenting and having fun, including when it comes to sex.
“Pop culture may be seen to encourage short term sexual relationships without talking about protection and STIs, which can put young people at risk.
“With many STIs being symptomless, young people need to get tested to be sure they don’t have an infection and don’t put their partners at risk.”
The Mix has launched a new campaign called Getting Some? Get Tested, which aims to highlight the real-life impact of STIs, and encourage testing.
Zoe Bailie, Director of Brand at The Mix said: “We know young people have a lot to deal with and testing for STIs isn’t always the first thing they think about when it comes to their sex life.
“‘Getting Some? Get Tested’ is a sexual health campaign aiming to not only educate young people about the need to think about their sexual health, but also to understand that their sexual health could affect their partners’ as well.”