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August 1st, 2013 by Clark Jackson

The Results Are In…

In order to gain a better idea of what current Clark students feel are the barriers stopping them from getting tested, I conducted an informal survey, and the results are in! Out of the 120+ responses I received, some of the results were expected, while others were a little more jarring. Here’s a break down of some of the stats:

  • Although 68% have had unprotected sex (oral, anal, and/or vaginal) in the past year…
  • Only 39% have gotten tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection in the past year.
  • A third of the students that DID get tested in the past year went to a family doctor or general practitioner (33%). After an FD or GP, Clark Health Services (31%) and Planned Parenthood (13%) are the second and third most popular.
  • When asked why they hadn’t gotten tested, a third of students answered that they hadn’t gotten tested because they had no symptoms (34%).
  • When asked where they go to find information about sexual health and getting tested, 33% answered that they go online. After going online, friends (18%) and a family doctor or general practitioner (14%) were the most popular answers.

Students were also asked to weigh in further on why they hadn’t gotten tested. Some common answers included:

  • Not knowing whether insurance would cover it
  • Associated costs
  • Past experiences of judgement from medical providers
  • Not knowing what to get tested for
  • Not knowing what options are available for testing

A common theme in the answers was a need or desire for more information about the entire process of getting tested. I hope that by using these responses, as well as answers about what students wish they knew before going to get tested, I can create a step-by-step guide to what getting tested involves from before, to during, and after.

 

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