Analyte Health, the leading platform connecting patients to diagnostic services, has published the key findings of its annual survey regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing. The survey, entitled Americans’ Attitudes Towards Sexually Transmitted Infections Testing, underscored the public health crisis stemming from steadily increasing rates of STIs, which are also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Analyte Health is publishing its annual survey for the first time this year in order to help build awareness for STD testing during STD Awareness Month.
The full survey can be found here:
“STI rates are steadily climbing according to CDC statistics,” said Kevin Weinstein, CEO of Analyte Health. “Testing and awareness is the biggest tool we have to control and reverse this trend. As a result, it’s imperative that we understand how to meet Americans where they are, and provide them with their preferred method of access to testing. We’re very pleased to make this survey available to the public, policy makers and providers to help address this public health crisis, especially during STD Awareness Month.”
Survey author, Frank Cockerill, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Analyte Health, noted “Increasingly, we see hot spots popping up across the country, where certain STIs spike in occurrence. One way to help curtail such outbreaks is to focus testing resources on those areas as quickly as possible. Given that many providers of STI testing are at capacity, online solutions can easily augment existing resources on very short notice.”
According to statistics released by the CDC, about 110 million Americans have an STI. STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, trichomoniasis, herpes 1 & 2, HPV, mycoplasma, and ureaplasma. The survey of 1,030 American adults, ages 18-75 was conducted online during March 2018. Respondents matched overall US population in age, gender, geography, sexual orientation and income.
STI testing is the best way to learn the current status of your sexual health.