African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 1, 2020, pp. 39-44
Bioline Code: hs20007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2020, pp. 39-44
© Copyright 2020 - Oharume IM
Knowledge, sexual behaviours and risk perception of sexually transmitted infections among students of the polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo state|
Oharume, Irikefe M
Background: Current evidence shows that the surge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is of public health importance. In
Nigeria, about 3 million cases of STIs are reported annually with the highest rates observed among young people.
Objective: This study was designed to investigate the knowledge, sexual behaviours and risk perception of STIs among students of the polytechnic, Ibadan.
Method: The study was a descriptive cross-sectional survey which involved the use of a four-stage sampling technique to select 401 students across the five faculties of the institution.
Results: Among the students interviewed, few (18.7%) had good knowledge of STIs with overall mean knowledge score of 5.9±3.6. Majority (65.3%) were sexually active in the last 12 months; while 26.7% had multiple sex partners in the last six months. Only 23.1% of single sexually active students used condom regularly. Few (14.2%) of the students considered themselves to be at risk of contracting STIs. However, there were significant associations between knowledge and risk perception of contracting STIs; and between having multiple sex partners and the risk perception of contracting STIs.
Conclusion: These results emphasise the need to provide students with more information about STIs with the aim of positively influencing their self-perceived risk and sexual behaviour.
Knowledge; sexual behaviours; risk perception; STIs; polytechnic; Ibadan; Oyo state.