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Shame, stigma barriers to COVID-19 testing for young and culturally diverse – The Age

A new study shows 93 per cent of Victorians in high-risk cohorts have skipped testing on at least one occasion when they had ailments such as sore throat, runny…

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She said researchers found that media portrayals of people who had tested positive as selfish, irresponsible or reckless had left some young people feeling anxious they would be judged or ridiculed if they tested positive.
A lack of private transport and casual work constraints also played a significant role in young people avoiding or delaying getting tested, she said.
More than 11,800 tests were conducted in Victoria on Friday, compared with 21,464 for the same day of last month.
Dr Pedrana said…

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