Knowledge and attitude regarding STls including HIV and RTls among college adolescent girls in urban Udupi Taluk

Reno, Monica and Kamath, Ramachandra and Ashok, Lena and Shetty, Bhartesh and Guddattu, Vasudeva and Chandrasekaran, Varalakshmi (2015) Knowledge and attitude regarding STls including HIV and RTls among college adolescent girls in urban Udupi Taluk. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 4 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2277-9604

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Background:Adolescents compared to individuals in any other age group are most susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STls) including HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and reproductive tract infections (RTls). Adolescents are vulnerable to STls including HIV that account for 31 percent of the AIDS burden in India. Objective:To assess knowledge and attitude among adolescent girls regarding STls including HIV/AIDS and RTls. Methods:A cross-sectional study was carried out among 17-19 year old college going adolescents studying in degree colleges in the urban area of Udupi taluk. A total of 410 adolescent girls were selected using cluster sampling with proportionate allocation method. A pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data, and anonymity was maintained. SPPS version 15 was used to analyze the data. Findings were depicted as percentages and proportions. Results:Around 14% of the adolescent girls had comprehensive knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS. Poor knowledge was reported among adolescent girls regarding STls/RTls other than HIV/AIDS. Around 27% had heard of STls while 15% had knowledge regarding RTls. Conclusion:The study identified lacunae in knowledge regarding STls/RTls and misconceptions on HIV transmission. Adolescents need to be educated regarding sexual and reproductive health and also to focus on capacity building of mothers and teachers to improve adolescents' knowledge and attitude.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent girls; HIV/AIDS; STls; RTls.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Public Health
Departments at MU > Statistics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 05:21
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2015 05:21

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