Sexually transmitted infections and health seeking behaviour among Ghanaian women in Accra

  • RMK Adanu
  • AG Hill
  • JD Seffah
  • R Darko
  • JK Anarfi
  • RB Duda
Keywords: Sexually transmitted infections, symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, Ghana, Africa


The study was to measure the prevalence of sexually transmitted infection (STI) symptoms among women in Accra, Ghana, to identify characteristics that predispose to STI symptoms and to identify factors that influence health-seeking behaviour of women with STI symptoms. Data were collected by trained interviewers through questionnaire interviews of 3183 women. Data analysis was restricted to 1329 women with complete data. Only 19% of our study group had STI symptoms. Only 35% of the women with STI symptoms received care. Having high wealth index, being older and having no history of condom use were protective factors for experiencing STI symptoms. Seeking care was associated with increased by high wealth index and the presence of an offensive vaginal odour. Income level on its own did not affect health seeking behavior. Wealth index is the most significant determinant of a woman having STI symptoms and seeking care in Accra (Afr J Reprod Health 2008; 12[3]:151-158).

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