More Men Test Positive for Sexually Transmitted Infections, Says Study

15 April 2010 (Last Updated April 15th, 2010 18:30)

Men are almost twice as likely to test positive for certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, a new study has found. According to Lloyds pharmacy, 72% of men have never had an STI screen compared to 62% of women. Men are more unwilling to be tested and

Men are almost twice as likely to test positive for certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, a new study has found.

According to Lloyds pharmacy, 72% of men have never had an STI screen compared to 62% of women.

Men are more unwilling to be tested and hence are delaying testing until they are showing symptoms and that real rates of infection are significantly higher than reported, research said.

The pharmacy chain, through its online doctor service, has launched a postal Platinum Test for men which screens for five genital infections; genital chlamydia, genital gonorrhoea, mycoplasma, ureaplasma and trichomonas.