At this point in the game, you would think that we would all know that a major component of practicing safe sex is being tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases and infections. However, you may be surprised to learn that there is an enormous chunk of the population that still neglect their reproductive health. A recent survey conducted by fertility awareness app Kindara revealed that nearly half of men have never been tested for STDs.
The study was conducted on 500 men ages 18 – 65+ in the United States from varying racial and socioeconomic groups. 43.8% of the participants reported that they had never been tested for sexually transmitted infections. 16.7% indicated that they have only been tested once, and 23.2% said that they got tested periodically.
When it came to new partners, only 8.9% said that they get tested before engaging with a new partner and 7.2% reported that they get tested after having sex with a new partner. A sister survey revealed some interesting information about the STI testing habits of women as well.
34% of women said that they get tested periodically.
29.8% of women reported that have never been tested.
23% of women reported only being tested once.
6.4% reported getting tested before having sex with a new partner.
Getting tested and practicing safe sex is a matter of life or death. We all have to do better.