What are some of the reasons there is generally a lack of knowledge around sexual health, especially STDs with many people?

What are some of the reasons there is generally a lack of knowledge around sexual health, especially STDs with many people?
I see it everyday in my career and on here, a startling lack of knowledge, dare I even say ignorance surrounding sexual health, particularly STD/STIs.

Guys this is your body, don't you think you should know how it works?

What are some of the reasons behind this?
  • Lack of adequate education in schools
  • Religion suppressing sexual topics
  • Reluctance to use google for sexual topics
  • A general attitude that you don't need to know
I've seen some startlingly naive and ignorant comments on here both about sexual health and STDs, help me understand why there is such a general lack of knowledge.

I am always happy to answer any questions regarding sexual health, or health questions in general. So if you need any help, or have questions, feel free to ask me with no judgement, my inbox is open.
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  • I get tested and I have my new sexual partner tested. You can't be to careful and I don't want any of that shit. I use condoms if the person hasn't been tested. It's just not worth it to me. And them telling me they have recently just isn't enough. So if you was to bare back this bitch you need to get tested no if and or buts that's just how it is and should be. I totally agree I have guys that think telling me they were tested was enough. Ummm no way I wanna see proof. I might sound like an asshole but I'm clean and will remain that way

    • I'm totally with you on this one, I don't understand how people think that it's acceptable to just say they've been tested, or actually have sex without being tested at all. With casual encounters I always use a condom, if I get into a regular monogamous relationship, and we choose to ditch the condoms, we both get tested and we both see each other's test results. I know what you mean about saying you've been tested recently, but who the hell have they slept with in the meantime.

    • Exactly it's just worth it. Im not a big fan of condoms either they irritate me but that's way easier to deal with you know what I mean lol. I buy all different sizes I've been in the position where the condom is to small or to big and it's so fucking frustrating when you are into it and expecting it to fit hahahah

  • There's a really good reason, people are idiots. The world's full of people who think education is government brainwashing, completely ignored what they were taught at school and don't trust doctors or experts. If you need proof just look at covid vac uptake in the UK, in some poor areas where education levels are low only 10% are vaccinated compared to 80-90% elsewhere. I'll guarantee these people don't follow any advice on stds either and are the biggest pool.

    • This is pretty much what I wanted to say, I was trying to be diplomatic 😂

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  • In my blunt opinion, perhaps the people most in need of sex ed with their lifestyles are also likely to snooze through the class and not pay very close attention.

    • Probably right.

  • Lack of sex education in schools.

    This is the result of decades of dumbing down education systems by politicians (namely conservatives). It's disgusting and problematic, and encouraged by old white politicians who won't be alive to deal with the fallout of their ill-advised opinions.

    • ye all my school did was tell us we shouldn't have sex until marriage but they never even explained how it worked besides just saying that's how babys are made. we never even learnind about how are parts work

  • Lacking sex ED. Especially in christian communities that preach nothing but abstinence.

    Educating people isn't going to make them have more sex, but it might make them wear a condom!

  • A lot comes down to the parents, yes schools should educate, however parents have a duty of care and responsibility to their kids.

    Often it’s left too late before kids actually receive any information about sexual health and it’s not detailed enough or skips certain topics.

    For example, it’s not always explained how to use a condom (male or female), what not to use with a condom that will cause it to ‘break’.

    What to do if you suspect you have an STD / STI,

    The society a person is living in including religion plays a large part, it’s bad for a white girl / boy from normal family to catch an STD, things just go crazy if it’s say an Indian or Pakistani girl / boy who catches one.

    I have spent a lot of time doing outreach stuff about sexual health, to teens and adults, we even have had parents sit in on a session and actually admit they learned something.

    Society as a whole needs to be more open on talking about sex and sexual health, it’s this constant spread of ignorance that allows the spread of STD’s.

    There also needs to be far more done in regards to living with an STD.

    What condoms will and will not protect you from, they are not some magical force screen, especially if any oil like baby oil or oil from foods are on fingers putting it on.

    You just need to read what some ADULTS put on here about sex (pussy getting bigger after lots of sex etc) and you realise how little some know about even the fucking basics, some of these are or will be parents.

    Its totally understandable a MIMB not knowing, however the chances of them catching an STD are greatly reduced, apart from licking mummy’s panties.

    • All very true.

  • Oh, so on point. I cringe with some of the opinions and skip through through them anymore.
    Seems most people can’t even talk to each other in relationships. The same aren’t talking to their children. They don’t want others talking to their children.

    • Does seem to be huge communication issues surrounding sex that's for sure.

    • Proof all over GaG, for sure.

  • 1. "Lack of adequate education in schools"
    which is mainly driven by "Religion suppressing sexual topics"
    and parents who are happy for their teen-age girls to get pregnant.

  • They don't care. They believe they are "invincible" and won't' be the next one to catch an untreatable STD. It's like smokers and heavy drinkers, they don't believe they'll be the next one to die from their recreational drug abuse either, but they will be...

  • Excellent post. In addition to the points you make, one readin is a general feeling that it's easier to blame others than it is to be responsible for oneself. And this applies not only to sex, but to other things as well. Fir example, if someone is in a car crash, their first reaction us to blame the other driver, even when they are totally in the wrong. When that attitude comes to sex, people think that it's the other person who should be concerned about STI/STD, pregnancy etc...

  • Lots of people smoke blunts or sleep in school. Hell I saw crack being sold in our middle school. Also third world nations have backwards education and they still ummm dabble in the pleasures with westerners who bring it back home who forget mouth to mouth with strangers is already a pretty bad idea. And hook up culture too. I would never have sex with strangers. God knows what you'll pick up these days just in the saliva alone.

  • the lack of sex ed in school or if it is taught not being taught well

    in middle school i had sex ed but they never told us really how it works they just constantly talked about not having sex till marriage without ever telling us how sex really worked

  • I don't know. But we were given knowledge about STD's in high school. And every year I get a full body report done for everything.