The need for innovative sexually transmitted infection screening initiatives for young men: evidence from genitourinary medicine clinics across England


Dave, SS; French, RS; Jungmann, E; Brook, G; Cassell, JA; Mercer, CH; (2011) The need for innovative sexually transmitted infection screening initiatives for young men: evidence from genitourinary medicine clinics across England. International journal of STD & AIDS, 22 (10). pp. 600-607. ISSN 0956-4624 DOI: 10.1258/ijsa.2009.009336

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Abstract

The study objectives were to ascertain behavioural, access-related, health-seeking factors and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence in young men (<25 years) attending genitourinary (GU) medicine clinics and compare them with older men (>= 25 years) and young women (<25 years). Between October 2004 and March 2005, 4600 new attendees at seven sociodemographically and geographically contrasting GU medicine clinics across England completed questionnaires, which were linked to routine clinical data. Young men waited significantly less time to be seen in clinic compared with older men and young women. They were less likely to report symptoms than older men (P = 0.021) yet more likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia (P = 0.001) and gonorrhoea (P = 0.007). They were also more likely to be diagnosed with an acute STI relative to young women (P = 0.007). Our data confirm the need to make comprehensive STI screening readily available for young men and to develop effective and innovative screening strategies in different settings.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 21998183
Web of Science ID: 296991200012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/53801

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