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Delay in seeking health care services after onset of urethritis symptoms in men

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Apr 18, 2019

Aaron KJ, et al. - Researchers administered a questionnaire to men attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic collecting information regarding their symptoms, sexual behavior, and sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics in order to assess symptom awareness, behavioral factors, and other barriers associated with timely STI healthcare provision in men. More than 7 days of delay in seeking care was observed in over a quarter of men with urethritis symptoms. Patients who delayed care were noted to worry for longer periods that their symptoms were STI-related, more frequently attempt self-treatment of STI symptoms, more frequently continue engaging in sexual activity, and less frequently use a condom during their last sexual encounter when vs men who sought treatment within 7 days. Conversely, delay in care-seeking was observed among men who reported urethral discharge on physical examination less frequently, had ≥ 5 o polymorphonuclear leukocytes, and tested positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Fewer overall and new partners in the past 30 days were noted among men that delayed care-seeking vs men that sought care earlier.

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