Millions of us leave our STI's untreated because we're 'embarrassed'
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No-one likes getting an STI test. 

It’s a bit embarrassing, nerve wracking and quite often time consuming. But it’s also a very necessary thing to do.

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You don’t need a lecture about why. We’re all perfectly aware that STI testing means not passing infections on to partners and not letting symptoms get worse when they could have been easily and quickly got rid of.

Yet according to research from PharmacyOutlet.co.uk 11% of over 55 will leave an identified STI untreated, compared to 33% of 18-34 year olds.

There’s also a gender divide when it comes to how we deal with our sexual health. 14% of men will leave a sexual infection untreated, compared a somewhat smaller 10% of women.

Fun facts about STIs

  • 12% (6.16 million) of UK adults admit to having been infected with a sexually-transmitted infection
  • Almost 1 in 3 Londoners have experienced an infection
  • Millennials are more than four times as likely as baby boomers to admit suffering from an STI
  • Despite high profile public health campaigns, 1 in 3 affected millennials admit avoiding medical attention
  • Men in the UK are 10% less likely to seek treatment than women

PharmacyOutlet.co.uk suggest that anyone suffering from an STI should not let their embarrassment affect their health.

They suggest that anyone who is feeling embarrassed or ashamed should consider the multitude of discrete treatment options made available by the NHS’ Electronic Prescription Service, online pharmacies and by mail testing to avoid readily treatable health risks being caused by mere embarrassment.

Your health is precious, guys. We don’t want to be boring, but you know the drill. Use condoms. Get tested. Take the medicine you need and then go ahead and enjoy lots of really great sex.

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