Risk-Taking and Health-Seeking Behavior in Men with a History of Urethritis: Is There a Learning Curve?

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  • Background and Objectives: Studies addressing how past experience with sexually transmitted diseases (STD) influence health-seeking behaviors among at-risk men are few. Goal: The goal of this study was to determine whether health-seeking behaviors among men diagnosed with urethritis differ based on whether they report prior urethritis. Study Design: Male STD clinic attendees answered a questionnaire regarding their demographic, sexual, and health-seeking characteristics. The men were stratified based on whether they reported prior urethritis. Results: Of 466 men, 297 reported prior urethritis. Symptomatic men diagnosed with urethritis who reported prior urethritis did not recognize their symptoms as a possible STD earlier than those reporting no urethritis history; there was also no difference between the groups in their interval to presenting for care once symptoms were recognized as a possible STD. Furthermore, men with prior urethritis were as likely to engage in sex acts once they recognized their symptoms as a possible STD manifestation. Conclusion: Compared with men without prior urethritis, men with urethritis symptoms who reported prior urethritis did not recognize symptoms earlier, alter health-seeking behavior, or curtail sexual activity.
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  • Sizemore JM; Sanders WM; Lackey PC; Ennis DM; Hook EW
  • Start Page

  • 225
  • End Page

  • 228
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 4