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Analyte Health Releases Annual Survey Findings Regarding Attitudes Towards Testing As Part Of STD Awareness Month

Analyte Health
Posted on: 11 Apr 18
Analyte Health Releases Annual Survey Findings Regarding Attitudes Towards Testing As Part Of STD Awareness Month Nationwide survey shows more than 40% of sexually active adults favor an online testing solution

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CHICAGO, April 11, 2018

CHICAGO, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Analyte Health, the leading platform connecting patients to diagnostic services, today for the first time 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). Among the reports key findings are:

  • Overall, only 40% of sexually active adults were tested for STIs in last 12 months, standing in sharp contrast to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that 100% receive such testing annually;
  • STD testing was only discussed 50% of the time during visits with a primary care physician for sexually active, non-partnered adults;
  • 40% of sexually active, non-partnered adults indicated they would prefer an online facilitated testing solution to other testing approaches;
  • Accuracy and confidentiality were the two most important factors for consumers/patients when deciding how to get tested.

"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."

Other notable findings of the survey included:

  • Among sexually active adults who have been tested, 72% received a test via their physician, 30% did so via a public health clinic or Planned Parenthood,
  • 11% of adults have had more than 2 sexual partners in the last 12 months
  • 1 in 20 married, partnered or long-term relationship individuals have had 2 or more sexual partners in the last 12 months.

Survey designer and report 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.  A full copy of the survey report is available on www.analytehealth.com, www.stdtestexpress.com and at www.healthtestexpress.com.

About Analyte Health
Analyte Health is the leading national company empowering patients to acquire and understand healthcare diagnostic information as conveniently, confidentially, and cost effectively as possible.  By combining a national network of patient diagnostic service centers, at-home collection kits, a family of online digital assets, and a national telehealth footprint, Analyte Health is helping thousands of consumers every week, and has delivered more than 2.2 million test results since its inception.  Analyte Health works with pharmaceutical companies, telehealth providers, diagnostic companies and other healthcare stakeholders to drive clinical compliance and responsible health awareness for consumers.

Media Contact:
Christina Kline
312.477.3037
christina.kline@analytehealth.com  

 

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Last updated on: 11/04/2018

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