Relationships Between Perceived STD-Related Stigma, STD-Related Shame and STD Screening Among a Household Sample of Adolescents
June 22, 2010
Individuals' perceptions of STD-related stigma (negative societal attitudes toward STD infection) and expectations of STD-related shame (negative personal feelings) that would result from a positive test can be important barriers to STD testing. "Obtaining a clear understanding of the relationship between STD-related stigma, STD-related shame, and STD testing may help inform programs and policies aimed at reducing STD transmission," the authors wrote in introducing the current study.
In an urban household sample, 594 sexually active persons, ages 15 to 24, were interviewed from 2004 to 2007. Measures derived from previously published scales were used to assess perceived STD-related stigma, anticipated STD-related shame, and receipt of an STD test in the past year. Logistic regression was employed to examine associations between recent STD testing and perceived stigma, shame, and other participant characteristics.
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