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Int J Nurs Stud. 2004 Nov;41(8):911-20.

Factors associated with sexually transmitted disease clinic attendance.

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of STD prevention, Mail Stop E-44, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


Most people in the United States who are infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) do not attend STD clinics for treatment in spite of the low-cost efficacious treatment. We asked a clinic and a community sample about perceived benefits and problems of attending an STD clinic. Analyses yielded two treatment-oriented and two socially oriented, factors, which were also expressed in qualitative interviews. Further analyses suggested that treatment-oriented factors were more strongly associated with clinic attendance than were social factors, although respondents were more positive about expected quality of treatment than they were about retaining confidentiality. We suggest that implications of the results favor integrating STD care with other health care.

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