Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Sexually Transmitted Diseases among Medical and Non-medical Female Students of Academy of Professional Studies Šabac, Serbia

Maida Mulic, Marijana Sreckovic, Dusan Backovic, Nadina Nuhbegovic


Purpose: The incidence of sexually transmitted disease (STDs) is being increased in the MaÄva district. The aim of this study is to investigate differences in sexual behaviors, knowledge and attitudes related to STDs among female students of health and non-medical studies.

Materials and Methods: In the cross-sectional study, an anonymous questionnaire was used specifically designed for the purpose of this investigation, among female students of health and non-medical studies.

Results: A total of 394 students of health and non-medical studies (120 and 274, respectively). The majority (94.3%) had heard of STDs, and 76.6% knew STDs could be present without symptoms (90% students of health and 62% non-medical studies; p=0.000). Among the sexually-active students (81.5%), 36.3% reported having used a condom. Most of students (71.9%) were aware that using condoms for STDs prevention was important. One fifth of students of health study were tested for STDs, while the percentage of tested non-medical students was three times lower (p=0.000). Previous education and faculty type were strongly associated with knowledge level and attitudes among students. The primary and secondary school teachers were the main source of information for one-third of students (51.7% medical and 25.2% non-medical).

Conclusion: There is a need to revise the existing STD education curriculum in both schools and universities and implement targeted educational measures.

Key words: sexually transmitted diseases, attitudes, female students, health education, condom


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DOI: 10.5457/ams.v52i1-2.597