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

Chouliara, Zoë, Karatzias, Thanos, Dey, Laura and Goulbourne, Alison (2009) Views and experiences of young women about chlamydia in Scotland: Knowledge, condom use and access to health services. Health Psychology Update, 18 (2). pp. 14-24. ISSN 0954-2027

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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

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0954-2027
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chlamydia; sexually transmitted disease; perceptions; condom use; sexual health services; sex education; social stigma;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 616 Diseases
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Item ID: 3607
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 15:34
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 11:52

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