When you’re young, having fun and getting things done, your health concerns can sometimes fall by the wayside. This rings especially true when it comes to more intimate health issues, with one in three millennials now confessing to not seeking treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
In a survey of 2,000 people conducted by Pharmacy Outlet, 12 per cent of of UK adults confessed to having suffered with an STI, with only a third of young people affected actively seeking medical help. In fact, men are even less likely to seek treatment than women, with 14 per cent avoiding medical attention compared to 10 per cent of adult women.
A generational gap seems to make a difference too, with 11 per cent of over 55s leaving an infection untreated, rising to 33 per cent for 18-34 year olds. However, young people may be more open about their afflictions, as millennials are four times as likely to admit suffering than baby boomers.
When it comes to location, London is the nation’s most infected city, with 29% per cent of its inhabitants admitting to having an STI. They’re are also the least likely to seek treatment, with a staggering 32 per cent avoiding help.
In an age when it couldn’t be easier to meet potential partners online, and scenes depicted in easily-accessible porn often don’t encourage safe sex, young people’s sexual health is more at risk than ever. While many may ignore infections out of embarrassment, there are now plenty of ways to get the help you need without stepping foot in a doctor’s office.
Home testing kits are often free or cheap and widely available, with popular options like SH:24 and freetest.me posting a discreet kit to your door and sending you the results via a text message, so there’s no excuse not to get tested.