Summary: Ignorance is Bliss Yet Dangerous

Many people do not take the necessary precautions to avoid contracting an STD because they feel theyíre not at risk. However, in 2000, there were more than 18.9 million new STD infections diagnosed. A recent survey showed that 93% of people said they believed their current or most recent partner didnít have an STD, yet about 1 out of 3 people have never discussed STDs with their partner.

  • Survey results by the American Social Health Association suggest that lack of awareness may put Americans at risk for contracting STDs. While about 84% of those surveyed said that they feel that they take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against STDs, many people do not use protection on a regular basis when engaging in sexual activities. In 2000, there were more than 18.9 million new STD infections diagnosed. Despite this fact, nearly 7 out of 10 people surveyed said they are not concerned about contracting an STD. 93% of people surveyed said they believed their current or most recent partner didnít have an STD, yet about 1 out of 3 people have never discussed STDs with their partner. Despite the fact that nearly 70% of people rely on healthcare providers for health information, less than half of those surveyed have ever spoken to their providers about STDs. Among those who are sexually active, the most common reason cited for not talking to their doctor was that they didnít feel they were at risk.1

1Survey Suggests Lack of Awareness Heightens Risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, American Social Health Association, April 6, 2004, pp. 1-4.

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