Sexual Behaviour, Knowledge, and Information Sources about Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Cases Study of Students in Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma

  • R.I. Ogbimi Institute of Public Administration and Extension Services, Ekehuan Campus, University of Benin, Benin City
  • N.N. Ajodi Institute of Public Administration and Extension Services, Ekehuan Campus, University of Benin, Benin City

Abstract

A Survey of 202 final year students (114 females, 88 males) of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma was conducted to determine gender-specific differences in their knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sources of knowledge and sexual behaviours. Random sampling procedures were used to select students from departments within the various faculties. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to determine their knowledge (symptoms and modes of transmission) of syphilis, gonorrhea, and AIDS, their sexual experience with single or multiple partners and the us of condoms. Sources of information evaluated included the school system, mass media, religious groups, and the family. Except for the increased level of awareness of gonorrhea among males, respondents had inadequate knowledge of other STDs. The prevalence of sexual experience was comparable in males (84.1%) and females 81.6% (P<0.05); the frequency of condom use by them was low (34.3%). Intensified health education through their favourite information sources is recommended.

Key Words: Sexual behaviours, students, knowledge, sexually transmitted diseases.

[Mary Slessor Jnl of Medicine Vol.3(1) 2003: 47-51]
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