An examination of developing STD
trends can reveal opportunities for manufacturers of STD
diagnostic tests and systems.
Greater access to accurate testing, diagnoses, and treatment is particularly critical in sexual and reproductive health, where medications can often quickly cure many common STDs
," said Cathy Doherty, senior vice president and group executive, clinical franchise solutions and marketing, Quest Diagnostics.
He also noted that rising STD
rates could threaten progress on HIV, which continues to decline in the U.S.
Ellen Niemitalo, manager of clinic services, said STD
rates tend to be higher in metros than in rural areas.
Condoms are still considered the best choice for reducing risk of STDs
, especially if you have new or multiple partners.
The survey examined the perceptions of 3,414 young women (15-24 years of age), 1,016 mothers of young women in this age group, and 312 primary care, OB/GYN, and other specialty physicians regarding sexual activity, sexual health, and knowledge of and screening for STDs
, also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Second, the survey did not assess whether STD
and HIV programs were integrated, and if so, the extent of integration.
In case you're thinking that STDs
are no big deal, remember that getting yourself tested for STDs
is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.
Assuming medical students have better knowledge of STDs
due their study compared to other non-medical students, so this study was conducted among non-medical students.
"It's hard to speak about trends over time regarding STDs
considering we've only been consistently collecting the relevant data for the past five or so years," said the official who did not want to be named.
The vast majority of respondents (84%) said that they would rather not go to their family doctor for STD
testing; 79% said that it is easier to talk with an STD
testing specialist than with a family doctor.
In one empirical analysis, the belief that others hold negative attitudes toward individuals with STDs
was positively associated with the interval between adolescent females' recognition of STD
symptoms and their decision to seek care.