Knowledge, attitude and practice towards sexually transmitted diseases amongst the inmates of women shelters homes at Klang Valley

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Background: Previous studies show that there is a changing trend of sexual and reproductive behaviour among youth and this requires more attention and awareness especially on sexually transmitted diseases (STD). This study was carried out to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practice of sexually transmitted diseases among selected inmates of women shelter homes. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out by involving 60 participants whom aged in between 13 to 25 years old. The questionnaires were developed in 'Bahasa Melayu' and it has been anonymous guided questionnaires. Results: The result showed that the mean age of the participants was 17.9 years old and most of the participants have completed secondary school (91.7%). Overall, the level of knowledge of participants on STDs were classified into three groups; 'high knowledge' (33.3%), 'medium knowledge' (35.0%) and 'low knowledge' (31.7%). The majority have heard of HIV/AIDS (95%) but with respect to other STDs was less well known. Whereas, the mean score for attitude was 23.1 out total 25. Their knowledge level was not influenced by their age (p = 0.61) and socio-economic status (p = 0.85). However, their attitude was influenced by their age (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Knowledge on non-HIV STDs is still lacking and risky behaviours have been practiced. Although there were high level of knowledge and attitude among them but their practice on sexuality contradicts it especially on contraceptive use and pre-marital sex.

Original languageEnglish
Article number639
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Reproductive Behavior
Sexuality
Contraceptive Agents
Sexual Behavior
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Cross-Sectional Studies
Economics
HIV

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Knowledge
  • Practice
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women shelter home

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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