Australia: Young in the Dark About Sexual Health
August 18, 2011
A survey of more than 1,000 Australians ages 18 to 35 revealed widespread ignorance around sexual health issues. One in 10 men believed that oral contraception protects women from STDs. One in five men did not know STDs could harm their fertility. Almost half the respondents wrongly thought Pap testing could detect STD infection. Four in 10 young people did not know when a woman is mostly likely to become pregnant. "The level of misinformation about sexual health should be a concern, particularly given recent figures which show the incidence of STIs has been increasing again in Australia," said Dr. Stan Goldstein, head of clinical advisory for the private health insurer Bupa, which commissioned the survey in July.
Australian Associated Press
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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