Knowledge and attitude towards sexually transmitted infections among female students living in hostels in a university community of the south-south region of Nigeria
Introduction: A cross sectional study was conducted in the female students’ hostel of the University of Calabar to determine their knowledge and attitude towards sexually transmitted infections (STI).
Methodology: A structured questionnaire was administered to those who consented to the study. Information obtained were age, year of study, knowledge of sexually transmitted infections.
Results: Most subjects were in the age category of 21-25years (56.2%) and predominantly of the Igbo tribe 34%. Over 90% of the subjects had heard of STIs. Vaginal itching (70.2%) and discharge (65.7%) were the commonest symptoms reported. Despite the level of knowledge, some students still patronize Chemist 4.8% and self-injection administration 4.8%.
Conclusion: The awareness of STI is high but the understanding of symptomatology is poor.
Keywords: Sexually transmitted infections, Female hostel, Tertiary Institution.