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Most people in Ireland have never had a sexual health test

Almost a third of people in a study said they are not concerned about their sexual health.
Jul 31st 2013, 7:25 PM 15,397 79

A NEW STUDY has shown that that majority of people in Ireland have never had a sexual health check-up or test.

A series of reasons were put forward by the 70 per cent of people who said they’ve never had a test with over half saying it is because they are in a committed relationship.

32 per cent are not concerned about their sexual health and 23 percent said they always engage in protected sex. Women are more likely than men to go for an STI test, the survey also found.

The cost of contraception was cited as a problem by almost three quarters of participants in the study who said it was too expensive. This was most prevalent among women.

Over 12,000 people were found to be infected with some form of STI other than HIV last year with more than 6,221 infected with Chlamydia which often presents no symptoms.

Have you ever had an STI test?

Poll Results:

No (2199)
Yes (687)

Read: “Dramatic” increase in STIs in Dublin in just 12 months>

Read: Slight drop in STIs – but gonorrhoea at highest figures ever recorded>

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