We Find a Third of Britons Take Their Mums with Them to the STI Clinic

We can reveal a third of people in the UK visiting the STI clinic take their mum along with them for moral support, coming in the second most popular companion after the best friend; even more so than a partner.

As part of our extensive ongoing research into Britons’ attitudes and behaviours surrounding sexually transmitted infections (STI). We surveyed 2,419 Britons aged 18 and over, all of whom stated they had contracted at least one STI in the past five years.

Initially we asked ‘How did you discover that you had an STI?’ to which the majority of respondents, 43%, admitted they had ‘telling symptoms’, whilst others stated ‘I just knew something wasn’t right’ (27%), ‘the doctor informed me whilst running other tests’ (21%) and ‘I was informed by an ex-partner who had contracted the infection’ (9%). All of those were then asked which emotion they first felt when discovering they had an infection, with the most common emotions being ‘confusion’ (30%), ‘anger’ (27%) and ‘embarrassment’ (20%).

Furthermore we then asked ‘Who accompanied you when you visited the STI clinic or doctor’s surgery in order to diagnose or remedy the infection?’ to which the most popular answers were ‘my best friend’ (40%), ‘my mother’ (34%) and ‘my partner’ (23%). Just under a quarter of respondents, 24%, stated that they went alone.

Because we wanted to delve a little deeper, all respondents who admitted that their mum had been their companion were asked why. We provided with a list of possible responses and told them to select all that applied, the top five results were as follows:

  1. My mum is my closest friend – 29%
  2. My friends would take the mick out of me – 28%
  3. She insisted on coming with me – 25%
  4. I felt nervous and needed my mum – 19%
  5. My mum provided transport for me to get there – 13%

According to the poll, 78% of respondents admitted that they never wanted to go through the experience of having an STI again, whilst a further 17% admitted that they had gone on to contract another STI afterwards.

Victoria de Piro, Head of Customer Happiness & Communication at UKMedix commented on the findings:

“It’s becoming all too common for Britons to catch STI’s these days and whilst condoms and the like aren’t 100% effective, they’re as effective as they’re ever going to be. Safe sex should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind – whether they’re sleeping with a new partner that they don’t yet know to be clean, or they’re choosing to lead a promiscuous lifestyle. Well, really, unless you’re looking to get pregnant, there’s not really any excuse for having unprotected sex.

“We were a little shocked to hear that so many Britons choose to take their mums with them to the gum clinic though. It’s good that people feel they can talk to their mums about pretty much anything, but sometimes you have to wonder if there should be a boundary or a filter on what you choose to share with them. We can’t imagine that it’s any mother’s dream to accompany their child to the gum clinic. But hopefully it’ll lead to a bit of a lecture on safe sex and make them think twice about running the risk of catching an STI again.”



Found in Sexual Health