Comparison of STD burden and risk among men with and without regular doctors attending a southern urban STD clinic

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Abstract

  • Background: Studies addressing health-seeking behaviors among men at risk for STD are few; this study examines how having a regular doctor might influence risk-taking or STD prevalence. Goal: The goal was to examine demographic, sexual, and health- seeking characteristics of male STD clinic attendees. Study Design: Randomly selected men attending an STD clinic answered a questionnaire regarding the aforementioned characteristics. The men were stratified according to whether they reported having a regular doctor. Results: Of 467 men, 32% reported a regular doctor. These men were more likely to be older, to be better educated, and to state they would seek care for a medical problem at a doctor's office. The two groups did not differ in STD history or prostitute exposure; men without doctors were more likely to have urethritis and STD, although the men with doctors had substantial STD rates. Conclusion: Public health clinics remain an important safety net for the management of STD, even for men who report a regular doctor.
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  • Sizemore JM; Sanders WM; Lackey PC; Ennis DM; Hook EW
  • Start Page

  • 512
  • End Page

  • 515
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 6