One in five people catch STDs

29th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — One in five Dutch people have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at least once in their lives, new research indicates.

29 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — One in five Dutch people have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at least once in their lives, new research indicates.

Polling firm TNS NIPO questioned 1,800 Dutch adults as part of a study of STD in six European countries. Of those aged 55 and above, 32 percent confirmed having to deal with an STD at least once, while 13 percent of the respondents aged to 35 also reported becoming ill as a result of sex. An estimated 100,000 Dutch people a year contract an STD.

TNS NIPO found considerable knowledge about STDs among Dutch people. Some 99 percent of the people questioned were familiar with the term (known as soa in Dutch). HIV and Syphilis were the best known STDs.

Compared with other countries, the Dutch and Britons are the least active in checking for STDs. Only 16 percent of the respondents in the two countries said they had an STD check-up.

The French are much more concerned about sexually transmitted diseases, with one out of ten people worried about catching one. In reality, a relatively low amount (16 percent) has been infected at one time or anther. Some 49 percent of the respondents there said they have had at least one test.

TNS NIPO noted that the infection rate was higher among Dutch people who are less than satisfied with their sex lives and lower among those who are happy with their sex lives: 25 to 17 percent.

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