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Mothers and Daughters Aren't Hearing Each Other

mothers say they and their daughters have discussed:

Mothers and Daughters Aren't Hearing Each Other.


Keep Your Daughter Safe and Healthy:

Talk about STDs to Protect Her Reproductive Health

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About this Report


As a parent, YOU are the most important person in your young daughter’s life. Two simple conversations could help keep her safe and healthy: one with her and one with her doctor.


According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at an all-time high, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in the United States in 2016.1 Every thirty minutes a woman becomes infertile because of an STD. And the CDC also says sexually active young women under the age of 25 should be tested annually for chlamydia and gonorrhea because the risk is so high.

In 2017, Quest Diagnostics conducted research among young women (15-24) and mothers of young women in that age range regarding young women’s sexual behavior, sexual health, and knowledge of and screening for STDs.* The findings were compared to those of similar research conducted in 2015.

These findings may help facilitate conversations with your daughter and with her primary doctor.

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About the Quest Diagnostics Talk about STI Testing | 2018 Report
* Research was conducted by Aurora Research & Consulting on behalf of Quest Diagnostics in December, 2017. A total of 4,742 study respondents, comprised of 3,414 young women between the ages of 15-24, of whom 1,500 self-identified as sexually active; 1,016 mothers of young women in that age group; and 312 primary care, OB/GYN and specialty physicians were surveyed. Most clinician survey data presented in this report was of responses of 100 primary care physicians. Each respondent completed 15-30 minute online surveys regarding perceptions and knowledge of STDs and chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Strengths of the research include the large number of respondents and the research’s national scale, while limitations include self-reported data and a lack of direct comparability between study populations. The 2017 research was complemented by results of a survey of similar cohort of patients and healthcare practitioners performed in 2015. For more information, please refer to www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

Some localities may require reporting to authorities by health care providers where cases of child abuse are suspected.

Sources:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats16/default.htm

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Eight out of ten

Risk of STDs

Having safe sex

Using birth control

Going to an OBGYN

Delaying sexual activity until over the age of 18

86%

86%

84%

82%

88%

Having safe sex

Going to an OBGYN

Delaying sexual activity until over the age of 18

88%

91%

of females (15-24 years)

of females (15-17 years)

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...But They Are Still Uncomfortable Talking/Being Honest with their Healthcare Practitioners about their Sexual Health.

51%

27%

don’t want to bring up sex or STDs with doctor/nurse.

don’t always tell truth about sex history to doctor/nurse.

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...But They Are Still Uncomfortable Talking/Being Honest with their Healthcare Practitioners about their Sexual Health.

don’t want to bring up sex or STDs with doctor/nurse.

don’t always tell truth about sex history to doctor/nurse.

97%

but 35%

of mothers understand their daughter’s need for privacy at doctor visits

would prefer to be alone with their clinician when talking about sex or STDs, rather than having their mother in the room.

Young Women Don't Comprehend the Risks of Common STDs

Despite large increases in cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia, young women are twice as concerned about HIV/AIDS compared with gonorrhea or chlamydia.

40%

16%

HIV/AIDS

Gonorrhea

Chlamydia

Young Women Don't Comprehend the Risks of Common STDs

Despite large increases in cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia, young women are twice as concerned about HIV/AIDS compared with gonorrhea or chlamydia.

Yet, only one in 
three

young women say their mothers have talked to them about these issues.

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Young Women Prefer to be Alone with their Clinician when Talking About Sex and STDs...

still spend some or all of the time in the exam room during their daughters’ visits

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and its subsidiaries (Quest) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. ATTENTION: If you speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-844-698-1022. ATENCIÓN: si habla Española (Spanish), tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-844-698-1022. 注意:如果您使用繁體中文(Chinese),您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-844-698-1022 Quest, Quest Diagnostics, any associated logos, and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics. All third party marks – ® and TM – are the property of their respective owners. ©2017 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. All rights reserved.

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Mothers, Daughters & STDs

Mothers and Daughters Aren't Hearing Each Other.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at an all-time high, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in the United States in 2016.1 

In 2017, Quest Diagnostics conducted research among young women (15-24) and mothers of young women in that age range regarding young women’s sexual behavior, sexual health, and knowledge of and screening for STDs.* 

Download this free report to read more.

Mothers and Daughters Aren't Hearing Each Other

mothers say they and their daughters have discussed:

Risk of STDs

Using birth control

Yet, only one in three

young women say their mothers have talked to them about these issues.

Young Women Prefer to be Alone with their Clinician when Talking About Sex and STDs...

of females (15-24 years)

of females (15-17 years)

of mothers understand their daughter’s need for privacy at doctor visits

still spend some or all of the time in the exam room during their daughters’ visits

would prefer to be alone with their clinician when talking about sex or STDs, rather than having their mother in the room.

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About the Quest Diagnostics Talk about STI Testing | 2018 Report
* Research was conducted by Aurora Research & Consulting on behalf of Quest Diagnostics in December, 2017. A total of 4,742 study respondents, comprised of 3,414 young women between the ages of 15-24, of whom 1,500 self-identified as sexually active; 1,016 mothers of young women in that age group; and 312 primary care, OB/GYN and specialty physicians were surveyed. Most clinician survey data presented in this report was of responses of 100 primary care physicians. Each respondent completed 15-30 minute online surveys regarding perceptions and knowledge of STDs and chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. Strengths of the research include the large number of respondents and the research’s national scale, while limitations include self-reported data and a lack of direct comparability between study populations. The 2017 research was complemented by results of a survey of similar cohort of patients and healthcare practitioners performed in 2015. For more information, please refer to www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

Some localities may require reporting to authorities by health care providers where cases of child abuse are suspected.

Sources:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats16/default.htm

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and its subsidiaries (Quest) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. ATTENTION: If you speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-844-698-1022. ATENCIÓN: si habla Española (Spanish), tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-844-698-1022. 注意:如果您使用繁體中文(Chinese),您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-844-698-1022 Quest, Quest Diagnostics, any associated logos, and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics. All third party marks – ® and TM – are the property of their respective owners. ©2017 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. All rights reserved.