Survey reveals some worrying stats about STIs in Ireland
Check yourself before you wreck yourself...
A new study on the sexual health of 500 Irish people has produced some worrying findings.
It revealed that 68% of those surveyed have never had an STI check while 54% have never asked a partner if they'd recently had an STI check.
The survey was conducted by Durex, and even more amazingly, shows the lack of knowledge many Irish people have of STIs.
A good portion, 43%, of the public seem to believe that it's possible to cure genital herpes with prescription medication.
When it comes to warning partners of the possibility of an STI, 38% said they would inform all recent sexual partners if they were at risk, while 37% said that they would only inform their current partner.
Below are some of the key points of the survey:
- 68% have never had an STI check
- Over half (54%) have never asked a new sexual partner if they had recently had an STI check
- More than 1 in 10 (12%) have had an STI scare
- Almost 4 in 10 people (36%) would be too embarrassed to discuss the topic of STIs
- 38% would have the courage to inform all their recent sexual ex-partners of an STI risk
- Majority (53%) admit that pregnancy is the biggest worry when having unprotected sex
- 14% don’t consider having unprotected sex something they worry about
- 43% mistakenly believe genital herpes can be cured with prescribed medication.