Barriers to seeking care for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have not been assessed for low-income women.
We sought to determine barriers to seeking care for STDs among women receiving Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits in 21 Missouri counties.
Provide information for promoting care-seeking behavior among low-income women suspecting STD infection.
A survey of 2,256 women was conducted ; 491 reported a history of at least one STD.
These women indicated possible barriers to seeing a doctor about a suspected STD and preference for type of clinic providing STD services.
More than one fifth (21.3%) of those reporting an STD also reported at least one barrier to seeing a doctor about suspected STD or human immunodeficiency virus infection.
Among those reporting barriers, the most common barrier was « I only have sex with my steady » (36.2%) followed by being asymptomatic (33.3%), embarrassment (22.8%), and cost (25.7%). Most (63.8%) preferred seeing their own doctor, with others reporting preference for community health centers (14.8%), family planning clinics (16.8%), and STD clinics (4.6%). Conclusions : Low-income women experience multiple barriers to seeking care including perceptions about a protective value of monogamy.
Also, STD services in locations providing other health services for women were preferred.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Homme, Femelle, Pauvreté, Statut socioéconomique, Demande, Soin, Traitement, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexually transmitted disease, Human, Female, Poverty, Socioeconomic status, Demand, Care, Treatment, United States, North America, America, Epidemiology
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Cote : 99-0434563
Code Inist : 002B05A03. Création : 22/03/2000.