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Reprod Health Matters. 2016 Nov;24(48):34-42. doi: 10.1016/j.rhm.2016.10.003. Epub 2016 Nov 27.

Socio-cultural influences upon knowledge of sexually transmitted infections: a qualitative study with heterosexual middle-aged adults in Scotland.

Author information

1
Clinical Academic Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK. Electronic address: Jenny.Dalrymple@gcu.ac.uk.
2
Professor of Rehabilitation Nursing, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. Electronic address: Jo.Booth@gcu.ac.uk.
3
Professor of Public Health Psychology, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. Electronic address: P.Flowers@gcu.ac.uk.
4
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. Electronic address: s.hinchliff@sheffield.ac.uk.
5
Senior Research Fellow, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. Electronic address: Karen.Lorimer@gcu.ac.uk.

Abstract

There has been a recent global increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV among adults aged over 45. Limited evidence exists regarding middle-aged adults' knowledge of STIs other than HIV. This qualitative study sought to understand middle-aged adults' knowledge of STIs within a socio-cultural context. Individual interviews, based on a life-course approach, were conducted with 31 recently sexually active heterosexual men and women. Participants were aged between 45 and 65 and of mixed relationship status (14 were single, 17 in a relationship). Thematic analysis identified four key findings, including: "engagement with STI-related knowledge"; "general knowledge of STIs"; "learning about STIs from children"; and "limited application of knowledge". The findings allow insight into a neglected area, and indicate that socio-cultural factors influence middle-aged adults' STI-related knowledge acquisition throughout the life course. These are important implications for the prevention of STIs, particularly in addressing the on-going stigmatisation of STIs in older age groups.

KEYWORDS:

UK; heterosexual; knowledge; middle aged; qualitative research; sexually transmitted infections

PMID:
28024675
DOI:
10.1016/j.rhm.2016.10.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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