Millennials and STI's/STD's
20% of millennials do not know what STIs are, and 27% of millennials do not feel comfortable approaching a doctor about sex. Women are more likely to initiate an STI talk with their partners, while men are more likely to lie about getting tested for STIs.
- According to a survey conducted by Cosmopolitan and Esquire, millennials do not discuss STIs often.
- 47% of millennials stated none of their past partners asked about their STIs before having sex.
- Men are 3x more likely than women to say that they have never been tested (33% for men versus 11% for women).
- 52% of women stated they started a conversation about STI testing with their current partner, while only 27% of men stated the same.
- 31% of women stated they would have sex with a partner who couldn’t think of the last time they were tested, while 57% of men stated the same. Moreover, 30% of women and 61% of men stated they would have oral sex with a person who could not think of the last time they were tested.
- 60.7% of millennials would rather talk debt with their date than a previous STI—note that 57.6% of millennials think it is only okay to talk debt with a partner when each is "seriously considering combining households."
- 20% of millennials stated they are too embarrassed to go to a sexual health clinic for STI testing or a check-up.
- 27% of millennials said that they did not feel comfortable approaching a clinician about sex.
- 49% of millennials said that their doctor had never asked them to do STD testing.
- In a study of 15-24 year-olds and their parents, researchers found that among women who are sexually active 27% have even lied to their doctors about their sexual history. The study also found that "the hesitancy to talk about STDs goes both ways for patient and physician."
parents and friends
- 12.7% of sexually active men and women in the millennial age bracket have active concerns about their parents finding out about their STIs which is why they are actively not seeking out sexual health care help.
- 20% of millennials admit to not knowing about STIs in general.
- In a survey of 2,000 Gen Z (aged 18-22) and millennials (aged 23-38), researchers found that 54% of millennial respondents used condoms all or some of the time (which is lower than their Gen Z counterparts).
- Millennials are noted to have a “hook up” culture due to some of the tech market’s hook-up sites (e.g., Grindr, OkCupid, Chatroulette, etc.). However, this generation has less sex than the other generations. They average 8.26 sexual partners (fewer than the last two generations; boomers averaged 11.68 and Gen X averaged 10 sexual partners).
- Some experts believe the increasing number of millennials living at home with parents has curbed their sexual activities.
Despite our best efforts we were not able to identify more stats on millennials and their openness in discussing STIs/STDs. We reviewed government databases (e.g., CDC National Center for Health Statistics), media articles, and academic sources (using PubMed); however, we have had to use some older sources that go beyond the standard Wonder 24-month limit due to the scarcity of sources that discussed this exact topic.