Assessment of female students’ knowledge and attitude towards sexually transmitted infections in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, 2015
Background and Aims: Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are among major causes of several diseases with serious consequences including a profound effect on sexual and reproductive health around the
world. Prevention is the most important strategy to deal with STIs. This study aims to determine the knowledge and attitude of female students regarding bacterial sexually transmitted diseases at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was performed on 430 female students enrolled in Paramedical courses at SBUM. A Cluster sampling method was employed to select participants. All students were assured of information confidentiality. Data were collected using a valid questionnaire
developed by the research team.
Results: Students aged 18 to 30 years with an average age of 22.29±3.042. The general level of knowledge and attitude was at a moderate level. Only 11.4% of students had good knowledge and about 14.65 percent of the respondents had appropriate attitude regarding the three bacterial STIs. The results showed that there was not a statistically significant difference between students, level of education or their course of
study with the score of their knowledge and attitude towards the studied STI (P > 0.05).
Conclusion: Considering inadequate level of knowledge and attitudes of students regarding STI, authorities
should pay more attention to provide educational programs for university students.
Keywords: Knowledge, attitude, bacterial sexually transmitted infection, students
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