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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
United States: Survey: 54 Percent of Americans Lie to Their Doctor
Staff Writer
November 15, 2012
ThirdAge (11.12.12) Aids Weekly Plus, an online expertise website, has published a new survey showing that more than half (54 percent) of the people taking its survey have lied to a doctor about a health issue, and 63 percent admit they are more likely to address sensitive topics such as STDs and sex online, rather than talking to their doctors in person. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the survey respondents avoided going to a doctor, and instead searched online for medical information on at least one occasion. Survey participants noted that some of the chief reasons for going online were embarrassment, insurance-related concerns, and the fear of discovering a pre-existing condition. Forty-one percent of people asked questions about sex online rather than in person. The most common topics that 54 percent of respondents lied about to their doctors included lack of exercise, poor diet, sex-related issues, alcohol use, and smoking. Men were more likely than women to lie to their doctors about alcohol, smoking, and drug use.