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Views and experiences of young women about chlamydia in Scotland: Knowledge, condom use and access to health services.

  The study aimed to elicit perceptions of and awareness about chlamydia, views and experiences of condom
use as protection against a chlamydia infection and of access to sexual health services. This qualitative
study utilised semi-structured individual interviews. The sample consisted of 12 young females, aged
between 18 and 25 years old. Transcripts were analysed using IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological
Analysis) to identify recurrent themes and their interlinks. Six themes were identified: Facts versus risk
misjudgement; social stigma and taboos; assertiveness versus fear of conflict; respect versus patronising;
accessibility and discreteness; and targeting young people. An awareness of the shame, embarrassment and
social stigma associated with sexual health and specifically chlamydia testing and diagnosis were central
in participants’ accounts. Participants also emphasised the need for effective sex education, especially for
young women. It is envisaged that findings have the potential to inform health education, policy and
clinical practice regarding sexually transmitted infections and chlamydia in particular

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2008

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    British Psychological Society

  • ISSN:

    0954-2027

Citation

Chouliara, Z., Karatzias, T., Dey, L. & Goulbourne, A. (2008). Views and experiences of young women about chlamydia in Scotland: Knowledge, condom use and access to health services. Health Psychology Update. 18, 14-24. ISSN 0954-2027

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Keywords

Chlamydia; sexually transmitted disease; perceptions; condom use; sexual health services; sex education; social stigma;

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