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

Chouliara, Zo�; Karatzias, Thanos; Dey, Laura; Goulbourne, Alison

Authors

Zo� Chouliara

Laura Dey

Alison Goulbourne



Abstract

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

Citation

Chouliara, Z., Karatzias, T., Dey, L., & Goulbourne, A. (2009). Views and experiences of young women about chlamydia in Scotland: Knowledge, condom use and access to health services. Health Psychology Update, 18, 14-24

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2010
Print ISSN 0954-2027
Publisher British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 14-24
Keywords Chlamydia; sexually transmitted disease; perceptions; condom use; sexual health services; sex education; social stigma;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3607